Days of Palestine

Thursday, June 1

UN: 700,000 Israeli settlers are living illegally in the occupied West Bank

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The High Commissioner for Human Rights presented a new report on Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory on March 28, 2023.

The UN report, presented by Christian Salazar Volkmann, highlighted settler violence and settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank from 2012 to 2022.

The report pointed out that from 2012 to 2022, the number of Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank had grown from 520,000 to over 700,000.

“These settlers lived illegally in 279 Israeli settlements across the occupied West Bank, including 14 settlements in the occupied East Jerusalem,” the report indicated.

In addition, the UN report shed the light on settler violence. The UN had verified 3,372 violent incidents by settlers, injuring 1,222 Palestinians during the past decade.

With 2022 recording the highest level of settlers’ violence, the report added that Israel had failed to investigate and prosecute crimes against Palestinians committed by settlers and Israeli forces.