They consider it a land “promised by God”. How Israeli settlements are created in the West Bank


In the West Bank, even in “peaceful” times, there is violence between Palestinians and Israeli settlers, many of whom live in settlements that are illegal even according to the laws of Israel itself. According to UN data, there is approximately one incident per day.

Since Hamas’s brutal attack on Israeli civilians in kibbutzim near the Gaza Strip, the number of attacks in the West Bank has risen to seven per day.

Israeli settlers, often driven by religious and ideological fanaticism, destroy Palestinian property, houses and solar panels and burn the tents of semi-nomadic Bedouin shepherds.

There have also been cases of shootings, for example last week when Bilál Muhammad Sáleh, a father of four and a street vendor of herbs, was killed when he went with his family to collect olives in his olive orchard.

The settlers shouted at them, the family ran home, but the father forgot his mobile phone there. “I’ll be back in a moment,” he told his wife. But then two shots rang out and Sáleh never returned home.

“In this respect, the interest of Israeli terrorists is the same as the interest of Palestinian terrorists, i.e. to thwart the pacification of the situation,” Břetislav Tureček, an expert of the Metropolitan University of Prague on the Middle East, told Denník N.

“This is what Israel is also afraid of. That while the international community is primarily watching Gaza, some settlers in the West Bank are trying to provoke the Arabs so that war breaks out there as well.”

On the other hand, there are also attacks by Palestinians on local Israeli settlers. According to Israeli authorities, Palestinians have attacked Israeli settlers in the West Bank 550 times since October 7.

Palestinians carry the body of 22-year-old Mahmoud al-Atrash, killed by Israeli forces during a raid in the village of Halhul, north of occupied Hebron in the West Bank. November 6, 2023. Photo: Imago/APAimages via Reuters

They close their eyes

He lives in the West Bank

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