The European Union’s Special Representative for Human Rights stated Sunday, June 13, 2023, that Israel has failed to stop attacks by Israeli settlers in the occupied territories against Palestinian civilians.
In a conversation with Haaretz at the end of his three-day visit to occupied territories, special representative Eamon Gilmore said that he had urged Israeli officials to act on such issue but did not sound optimistic about results.
Gilmore emphasized Israeli settlers’ violence and the “need for accountability” in the occupied territories as one of his biggest concerns arising from this visit, his first to the region since 2021.
Another major concern he mentioned was the continuing rise in the number of civilian casualties as a result of lethal force used by the Israeli occupation forces.
Gilmore expressed his worries regarding the “clear trend” seen in the data in recent months of a growing number of Palestinian civilians’ murders, stressing again the need for investigations and “accountability” in every such case.
Since the beginning of 2023, Israeli settlers have carried out more than 220 attacks on Palestinians and their own property in the occupied West Bank, 230 of which caused property damage, and 60 of them caused injuries to Palestinian residents, according to the latest United Nations reports.