Report: Last five years has seen a 315% rise in settler violence; this violence is ‘structural and symptomatic of occupation’

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Yesterday, the Palestine Center released “When Settlers Attack,” a new report on settler violence in the occupied territories. Is is the result of of a two-year project which cataloged over 3,700 instances of settler violence from 2004-2011.

From the report’s Executive Summary:

  • Israeli settler violence presents a direct and consistent threat to Palestinian civilians and their property in the occupied West Bank and instances of Israeli settler violence are on the rise.
  • From 2010 to 2011 there was a 39 percent increase in incidents of Israel Settler violence. In the five year period from 2007 through 2011 there has been a 315 percent increase. Conversely, over the same 5-year period, there has been a 95 percent decrease in Palestinian violence in the West Bank.
  • There is a noticeable shift in the proportion of violence as it occurs geographically in the West Bank. In the past, the southern part of the West Bank saw the largest number of instances but in recent years the northern part of the West Bank is becoming increasingly targeted and has overtaken the southern part of the West Bank in terms of number of attacks.
  • The period of the olive harvest annually brings a peak in violent settler activity. The presence of Palestinian civilians in olive groves, where they are easy targets for unrestrained and violent Israeli settlers, is the main reason why this occurs on an annual basis.
  • There is a noticeable increase in the frequency and proportion of arson attacks employed by violent settlers. This suggests that violent settlers are increasingly choosing this method of violence and will continue to do so. The percentage of arson among all attack types in 2005 was 6 percent and has risen to 11 percent in 2011.
  • While minimal variation in Israeli settler violence over time can be explained as a response to Israeli state actions against settlements, like the dismantlement of outposts, the vast majority of Israeli settler violence is not responsorial but rather structural and symptomatic of occupation.
  • Over 90 percent of all Palestinian villages which have experienced multiple instances of Israeli settler violence are in areas which fall under Israeli security jurisdiction

Here is the full report:

When Settlers Attack

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Someone should just explain to the settlers that their actions are illegal – im sure they will stop…..

settler violence against Jews the cancer of the occupation the mentality We are not isolating ourselves but instructing the world and our immediate neighbors that that sacred right is not a myth. It is not fancifal or fake. It is real. It comes out of the ground we dig, and out of our minds and hearts. It is who we are as Jews. Isolated or not, that is the truth and truth… Read more »

“Israeli security” is an oxymoron

Bibi is a moron.

I read more than once that Israel is the place where Jews can be “living the fullest Zionist experience possible.” In the context suggesting that this is “a good thing”. The idea of having “the fullest experience possible” somehow rings a bell. One matching context is what some red light districts offer. A bit more wholesome context comes from “extreme sports”. In “extreme sports” advances in equipment and technique learned by the practitioners often move… Read more »

On this note, fresh from (in Swedish, polished Google Translate follows): Swedish Education Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Jan Björklund attacked by aggressive settlers in Hebron Jan Björklund (Liberal) was attacked today during an official visit to Hebron. – It was a very aggressive settler who tried to attack Mr Björklund, says Anders Andrén, press officer to the education minister. Education Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Jan Björklund (Liberal) is currently on official visit… Read more »