West Bank, ALRAY - Armed settlers attacked a European diplomatic delegation on Monday during their tour of the threatened Bedouin community of "Wadi al-Siyyaq" near the village of "Deir Dibwan" east of Ramallah in the West Bank.
The leftist Israeli human rights organization "B'tselem" organized the tour and reported diplomats' participation from 10 European Union countries. It stated that armed settlers attacked the tour participants and Palestinian citizens residing in the community, which falls within Area "C", under full Israeli control.
The organization added that the delegation continued its journey to the town of Al-Taybeh, which is located in Area "B", under Palestinian civil authority, in order to avoid any confrontation with the settlers. However, they continued to pursue the delegation into the town of Al-Taybeh, with one of them raising their weapon towards the delegation, threatening to open fire at them.
The European Union stated that during a diplomatic tour of Palestinian communities in Area "C," which are displaced or threatened with displacement, European diplomats and others faced violent harassment from Israeli settlers.
The European Union added in a tweet posted on its official page on the "X" platform,” We reiterate our concern about the escalating violence by settlers.”
In a statement, the European Union called on the Israeli authorities to take action against the violent settlers, dismantle illegal settlements, and provide protection for the Palestinian residents living under occupation.
The Palestinians in the "Wadi al-Siyyaq" community are facing repeated attacks from both Israeli settlers and Israeli occupation forces, with the aim of displacing them and altering the demographics of the area through a process of settlement expansion.