Heads of Mission and representatives from the EU and likeminded countries visited Burqa Village and the area around the Homesh outpost. This visit follows the continuous increase in settler violence in the West Bank, and especially around the areas around Burqa Village.
During the visit, the local community, and civil society organisations briefed the diplomats on the increased attacks by Israeli settlers against Palestinian residents and their property, and the difficulties for farmers to access their lands due to these attacks. Settler-related violence remains a serious concern and settlers repeatedly raid the village, vandalize property and agricultural land and clash with local residents.
“Settler violence remains a serious concern all over the West Bank, and especially in the Nablus Governorate. We are witnessing the highest recorded levels of violence in recent years and more severe incidents, in many instances leading to lives being lost. We have heard today the personal experiences of the families exposed to settler violence. There can be no justification for such acts; they must be condemned by all. In addition, these acts must be investigated by the Israeli authorities and actions have to be taken to prevent settler violence and protect Palestinians in occupied lands in line with International Law.” said the European Union Representative Sven Kühn von Burgsdorff.
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