Half a million Israeli settlers took to the streets on Saturday, 18 March 2023 in wide-scale demonstrations against Netanyahu’s far-right coalition racist measures which hurt the Israeli settlers and Palestinian people as well.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is leading the most right-wing and religious government Israel has had since its establishment, with Itamar Ben-Gvir and Bezalel Smotrich — two far-right politicians known for racist and Jewish supremacist rhetoric — serving as senior ministers.
Ben-Gvir, an ultranationalist, is serving as the Netanyahu government’s national security minister. He was convicted in 2007 of supporting a terror organization and inciting racism.
Smotrich, a radical right-wing politician, is serving as the finance minister and as a Defence Ministry minister in charge of civilian affairs in the occupied West Bank.
Netanyahu’s fanatics ministers including Ben-Gvir and Smotrich adopt racist measures against the Palestinian people. These measures included filed executions, home demolitions, and suppressive measures against Palestinain detainees.
According to Palestinian figures, Israeli forces and settlers killed more Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem in 2023 than in any single calendar year since the Second Intifada.
Since the beginning of 2023, at least 88 Palestinian people in Israeli attacks across the occupied Palestinian lands, including at least 17 children and 2 women.
During the first three months of 2023, Israeli occupation demolished 275 Palestinian-owned structures in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem, according to the United Nations Organization for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OCHA).
OCHA explained that the Israeli occupation carried out the demolition orders under the pretext of lacking a building permit. The organization noted that “it is almost impossible for Palestinians to obtain such or that permit.”
The far-right security minister Itamar Ben-Gvir ordered the Israeli prisoners services (IPS) to take more punitive measures against Palestinian prisoners. The measures included controlling the amount of water used in the jails and reducing access to bathrooms.