Illegal Israeli Settlers Attack Palestinian Farmers and Residential Areas in West Bank

Illegal Israeli settlers attack Palestinian farmers and homes in the West Bank, amid heightened tensions following Israel's deadly 2023 Gaza offensive, contributing to a dire humanitarian crisis.

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Muhammad Jawad
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Illegal Israeli Settlers Attack Palestinian Farmers and Residential Areas in West Bank

Illegal Israeli Settlers Attack Palestinian Farmers and Residential Areas in West Bank

Illegal Israeli settlers carried out attacks on Palestinian farmers and residential areas in various parts of the occupied West Bank, including the Jordan Valley, Hebron, and Bethlehem. The settlers destroyed property, seized harvested wheat, and assaulted a 20-year-old Palestinian shepherd.

The attacks occurred amid heightened tensions following Israel's deadly military offensive against Gaza in October 2023, which resulted in the deaths of over 34,300 Palestinians. Since then, nearly 491 Palestinians have been killed and over 4,800 others injured by Israeli army fire in the occupied West Bank "amid heightened tensions following Israel's deadly military offensive against Gaza in October 2023, which killed over 34,300 people. Since then, nearly 491 Palestinians have been killed and over 4,800 others injured by Israeli army fire in the occupied West Bank."

In the Jordan Valley, settlers invaded the Mleihat Arab area, harassing a gathering of Palestinian Bedouins and breaking into the homes of many residents, allegedly searching for stolen livestock. In the village of Al-Mughayyir, northeast of Ramallah, settlers set fire to Palestinian lands, burning rubber tires on Palestinian-owned lands planted with olive trees. The Israeli occupation forces protected the settlers during the attacks and prevented local Palestinians from reaching the area.

Why this matters: The ongoing attacks by illegal Israeli settlers on Palestinian civilians and their property, often with the Israeli military standing by and failing to intervene, contribute to the dire humanitarian crisis in the occupied Palestinian territories. The situation remains tense and volatile, with the famine threshold for acute malnutrition among children likely already surpassed in northern Gaza and projected to be breached in other areas of the Strip by May 2024.

The attacks have led to further civilian casualties, displacement, and destruction of houses and other civilian infrastructure in the Gaza Strip. Between October 7, 2023 and April 26, 2024, at least 34,356 Palestinians were killed in Gaza and 77,368 were injured. The World Food Programme warned that without massive and consistent food assistance, famine thresholds in Gaza will be breached within the next six weeks, as people have exhausted all coping strategies to meet their basic food needs.

Israel stands accused of genocide at the International Court of Justice, and an interim ruling in January ordered Tel Aviv to ensure its forces do not commit acts of genocide and guarantee humanitarian assistance to civilians in Gaza. The Israeli army has said it hopes a pier to deliver aid to Gaza will be ready by early May, as it pushes ahead with its assault on the Palestinian territory.

Key Takeaways

  • Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian farmers and homes in the West Bank on April 28, 2024.
  • Since Israel's 2023 Gaza offensive, 491 Palestinians killed, 4,800 injured by Israeli army in West Bank.
  • Settlers invaded Bedouin areas, burned Palestinian lands in the West Bank, with Israeli forces protecting them.
  • Humanitarian crisis in Gaza, with famine thresholds for acute malnutrition likely surpassed by May 2024.
  • Israel accused of genocide at the International Court of Justice, ordered to provide aid to Gaza civilians.