Heads of Mission of the European Union and likeminded countries visit Khallet a-Dabe’ and a-Tuwani in Masafer Yatta

September 29, 2022
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Heads of Mission and representatives from the EU and likeminded countries visited local communities of Masafer Yatta. The visit comes after increasing pressure on communities to leave and increased military presence and training in the area.

The visit was jointly organised by the Israeli NGO B’Tselem, the Palestinian NGO Youth of Sumud as well as the Alliance for Human Rights. The West Bank Protection Consortium also joined the visit. Diplomats were briefed about the humanitarian situation in Masafer Yatta, following the Israeli Supreme Court ruling on 4 May, permitting the Israeli army to evict the residents. They were informed about the pressure on the communities to leave their homes and the planned mass destruction of Palestinian structures in the area, as well as the associated risk of mass eviction and forced transfer of residents. Additionally, they were updated on the broader issue of increasing settler violence in the West Bank and on the settler attacks that recently occurred in Masafer Yatta. As of September 2022, around the West Bank more than 400 settler attacks leading to injury and / or property damage have been recorded.

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