United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland stated before the UN Security Council Friday 28 October 2022 that the situation in occupied Palestine is dire; pointing out that the security situation in the occupied West Bank is “stuck in a spiral of deterioration.”
Wencesland noted in his testimony that the increase in Israeli settler violence contributed to the rise of violence in the occupied West Bank.
He added that the escalation of despair, anger, and tension contributed to the outbreak of a deadly cycle of violence that is difficult to contain.
1/ #UN Envoy @TWennesland: Alarmed by the intensity of violence in the o. #WestBank, incl. the high number of Palestinians killed by Israeli security forces, numerous armed attacks by Palestinians against Israelis, including killings, & settler violence.
— UNSCO (@UNSCO_MEPP) October 28, 2022
Wencesland pointed out that the absence of actual negotiations for a long time caused the expansion of violence, adding that the Palestinian Authority needed to be empowered to establish security in the areas under its authority.
He continued that Israel imposes restrictions on the movement of Palestinians, especially at the military checkpoints it places in the West Bank.
“This year is one of the bloodiest in the West Bank” stressed Wencesland.
Tor Wennesland elaborated that Violence and the use of force only perpetuate the crisis and must cease.
Israeli settlers’ attacks have escalated recently against the Palestinian citizens’ own lands in the occupied West Bank including attacking the Palestinian people, preventing them from reaching their lands, burning their own properties, and stealing their crops.
Since the beginning of 2022, Israeli settlers have carried out 290 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 United Nations reports.
More than 650,000 colonial settlers distributed among 164 illegal settlements and 124 outposts built on the stolen lands of occuiped West Bank and Jerusalem.
The West Bank and Jerusalem lands are occupied territories based on International law due to this all Israeli settlement-building activities there are illegal.