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Israeli settlers attack Palestinians protesting in solidarity with child prisoners

Feb. 4, 2018 5:35 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 5, 2018 12:59 P.M.)
Israeli soldiers escort Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank town of Hebron in April 2016. (Photo courtesy of Christian Peacemakers Team)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli settlers reportedly assaulted Palestinians and journalists during a sit-in protest in solidarity with child prisoners in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron, according to official Palestinian Authority (PA)-owned Wafa news agency.

Wafa reported that under the protection of Israeli forces, dozens of Israeli settlers from nearby settlement physically and verbally assaulted residents, journalists and children during the sit-in.

Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law.

The Palestinian government has no jurisdiction over Israelis in the West Bank, and acts carried out by Israeli settlers often occur in the presence of Israeli military forces who rarely act to protect Palestinian residents.

The majority of settler attacks committed against Palestinians are met with impunity, with Israelis rarely facing consequences for such thefts.

Only 1.9 percent of complaints submitted by Palestinians against Israeli settler attacks or theft result in a conviction.

Yesh Din, along with Israeli rights group B’Tselem, have previously condemned Israeli authorities for failing to protect Palestinians from settlers violence or investigate attacks.
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