Since January 2008, DCI-Palestine has documented 126 cases of children affected by settler violence in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, including four fatalities. Yet, impunity is pervasive. According to Israeli organisation Yesh Din, over 90 percent of police investigations arising out of complaints filed by Palestinians against Israeli settlers end in failure. Please send urgent appeals.
Please send Urgent Appeals requesting that:
1. The Israeli army, police a
nd security forces in the West Bank, including EastJerusalem , provide appropriate protection to the Palestinian civilian population against attacks by settlers; and
2. All incidents of settle
r violence against Palestin ians be promptly, diligentl y and independently investigated in accordance wi th international standards, an d allperpetrators be brought p romptly to justice.
· Your elected representatives
Nature of incidents
Since January 2008, DCI-Palest
ine has documented 126 cases of childrenaffected by settler violence in the West Bank and East Jerusalem , including fourfatalities. Ea ch of the cases occurred near Palestinian neighbourhoods, villagesor roa ds located close to Israeli se ttlements. The nature of the v iolence reported by the children includes being shot at, beaten, pelted with stones and sprayedwith gas. Ac cording to the Israeli organisation, Yesh Di n, “acts of violence arebeing committed by Israeli civilians in the West Bank on a daily basis, manifestingi n many forms of attacks agains t people and destruction of th eir property. Theseacts of violence are not isolated incidents, nor are th ey simply acts of hate orange r. Rather this brand of violence is part of a sophisticated, wider strategy designed to assert territorial domination over Palestinians in the West Bank.”
There are now approximately 50
0,000 Israeli settlers living in 200 settlements inthe West Bank, including East Jerusalem. The presence of settlers in occupiedterrit ory is a constant source of fr iction which sometimes leads to violence . These settlements are pe rmanent civilian communities established in occupied territory and are il legal under international law. The illegality of thesettleme nts has also been confirmed on a number of occas ions by the UNSecurity Council and the International Court of Justice. According to the I sraeliorganisation, B‟tselem, these settlements now contr ol around 42 percent of the land area of the West Bank, on what is supposed to be the site of a futurePalestinian state.
Under the law of occupation,
Israel does not acquire sovereignty over the territory it occupies and there is a presumption that the occupatio n is temporary.Further, the la w aims to ensure that Israel, as the occupying power, protectsPalestinian civ ilians living in the occupied territories from violence. In spite of thislegal
obligation to provide prote
ction, settler attacks agai nst Palestinians and their property, mosques and farmland have increased by almost 150 percent since 2009 according to the UN.
The UN attributes increasing
settler violence to lax law en forcement measures.This view i s supported by the Israeli organisation, Yesh Din, which found that over90 percent of police investigatio ns arising out of complaints filed on behalf of Palestinians in the West Bank, end in failure.
Please note that the cases pre
sented in this Urgent Appeal d o not represent anexhaustive l ist of all cases involving settler violence against Palestinian children.
· EU Statement on the incr
easing number of settler attacks against Palestinian civilians.
· The Guardian: Jewish settler attacks on Palestinians listed as 'terrorist incidents'by US.