West Bank, ALRAY - The Israeli occupation army often did not prevent violent attacks by Israeli colonial settlers against Palestinian civilians in the occupied West Bank and almost never held assailant colonial settlers accountable, a report by the US State Department has found.
The report demonstrated that 2021 saw a dramatic surge in Israeli settler attacks against Palestinian civilians in the occupied West Bank according to UN monitoring data.
“UN monitors documented 496 Israeli settler attacks against Palestinians, including 370 attacks that resulted in property damage, and 126 attacks that resulted in casualties, three of which were fatal," the report continued.
It pointed to the physical assaults against Palestinian civilians, attacks on Palestinian property, and hate crimes committed by Israeli colonial settlers.
The characteristics of the Israeli settler attacks also changed, the report added.
In the past, individual Israeli colonial settlers or small groups of three to four colonial settlers used to conduct sporadic attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property.
In 2021, however, the attacks were conducted carried out by large groups of several dozen Israeli colonial settlers “indicating that they were likely pre-planned," the report added.
The Israeli occupation army and authorities often did not prevent Israeli colonial settlers from committing attacks against Palestinian civilians and rarely detained or charged perpetrators of acts of violence and terror.
Israeli media outlets described the US report as a bombshell especially as it was published a few days after Israeli colonial settlers violently rampaged through the towns and villages of Nablus in the occupied West Bank.
Israeli colonial settlers carried out late Sunday night more than 320 attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property in several towns and villages near Nablus, killing one citizen, injuring hundreds more, and setting dozens of homes, stores, and cars on fire.