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OIC condemns Israel settler attacks on Palestinians

December 24, 2021 at 11:57 am

Israeli forces intervene after Jewish settlers attacked Palestinians with wooden sticks and stones in Hebron, West Bank on September 24, 2021 [Mamoun Wazwaz/Anadolu Agency]

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) yesterday strongly condemned what it described as the “escalation of continuous attacks by Israeli extremist settlers against defenseless Palestinian people.”

In a statement, the OIC described the Israeli aggression as a “flagrant violation of international humanitarian law and covenants that warrant investigation and accountability.”

The international organisation held Israel responsible for its “repeated violations and crimes against Palestinians,” calling on the international community “to urgently intervene to halt such heinous Israeli crimes, and to provide international protection for the Palestinian people.”

READ: Occupied West Bank witnesses painful wave of Israel’s settler attacks

The UN Humanitarian Affairs Coordinator office in the Palestinian territories documented 287 incidents/assaults by settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in which Palestinian properties were damaged from the start of this year to the end of October.

Israeli and Palestinian estimates indicate that there are about 650,000 settlers in West Bank settlements, including occupied Jerusalem, who live in 164 settlements and 116 outposts.

International law regards both the West Bank and East Jerusalem as occupied territories and considers all Jewish settlement-building activity there illegal.

Unpunished settlers attacks against Palestinians have multiplied – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]