Palestinians living near settlements live in constant fear. It’s not just a fear of the instruments of occupation, but a fear of violence perpetrated by civilian Israelis living in illegal settlements in the West Bank. These “price tag” attacks get their name from the slogan left spray painted by the attackers at the scene of the attack and are the most startling example of the rising extremism among some Israeli settlers. Attacks are perpetrated against Palestinian communities and sometimes even against the Israeli military (a response to settlers’ perceived notion of military crackdowns on settler extremism). These attacks have increased significantly in the last few years.
Hanan Sufan and her four sons live in Burin, a small town in Area C of the West Bank. Her husband died after attackers poured gas around her home and set it on fire while the family was still inside. The fire was not the end of the attacks. Molotov cocktails and stones were thrown at Hanan’s windows, which are now protected by steel bars. Twenty of the family sheep were poisoned, and their olive trees were burned by flaming tires rolled down the hill. Sadly, this is just one of many families’ stories.
As the occupying power, the Israeli military is responsible for keeping the peace in the West Bank, but it often shirks in this duty when dealing with Israeli settler attacks on Palestinians. Even when the attackers are arrested, they are often released, having received very light punishment or none at all. 80-90% of cases opened against settlers are closed without any prosecution at all.
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