An American report published on Monday concluded that Israeli occupation forces often did not prevent violent attacks by illegal Israeli Jewish settlers against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.
The annual State Department’s 2021 report on terrorism also found that Israeli occupation authorities almost never held violent settlers accountable for their attacks on the Palestinians.
Citing UN monitoring data and Israeli Shin Bet intelligence resources, the report said that there was a significant increase in the number of violent attacks, scale, severity and geographical scope in 2021.
“UN monitors documented 496 Israeli settler attacks against Palestinians, including 370 attacks that resulted in property damage, and 126 attacks that resulted in casualties, three of which were fatal,” the report said.
The nature of the settler attacks has changed through the years, the report added, noting that attacks in the past were sporadic and conducted by individuals or small groups of four to five settlers, but attacks in 2021 were conducted by big groups of several dozen settlers “indicating that attacks were likely pre-planned.”
Despite some efforts made by Israeli police to prevent the settler attacks, the report said, Israeli security personnel often did not prevent settler attacks and rarely detained or charged perpetrators of settler violence.
“Some Israeli NGOs allege IDF presence during some attacks and accuse the IDF of enabling a permissive environment by its lack of enforcement,” it added in reference to the army.