UN human rights office 'alarmed' at West Bank violence
In a statement released Nov. 3, the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights brought attention to an "alarming and urgent" situation on the occupied West Bank, with "multi-layered human rights violations of Palestinians" mounting while the world is focused on the greater crisis in Gaza. The statement notes that 132 Palestinians, including 41 children, have been killed on the West Bank since the current crisis began on Oct. 7. Two Israeli soldiers have also been killed. Settler violence, which was already at record levels, has escalated dramatically, averaging seven attacks a day. In more than a third of these attacks, firearms were used, the statement charged. In many of these incidents, "settlers were accompanied by members of the Israeli forces, or the settlers were wearing uniforms and carrying army rifles," raising concerns that "armed settlers have been acting with the acquiescence and collaboration of Israeli forces and authorities."
The statement reports that since Oct. 7, nearly 1,000 Palestinians from at least 15 West Bank herding communities have been displaced, often after having been given ultimatums to leave their homes or be killed. The statement claims that Palestinians received pamphlets warning them to evacuate or face "elimination."
From Jurist, Nov. 5. Used with permission.