Settlers Backed by Army Attack Palestinian Homes in Hebron

HEBRON, November 7, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli armed settlers, under Israeli army protection, Attacked on Saturday Palestinian homes in Jaber neighborhood to the east of Hebron city, with rocks.

WAFA correspondent said that settlers from the illegal Israeli settlement of Kiryat Arba attacked Palestinian locals’ homes with rocks, and shouted racist slogans and profanities against them, while threatening to kill them.

Settlers recently stepped up their attacks against Palestinians in the West Bank, including Jerusalem, amid growing tension and renewing clashes between Palestinians and the Israeli army and police.

Settlements are illegal under international law as they violate Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which prohibits the transfer of the occupying power’s civilian population into occupied territory.

The center added that, “International humanitarian law prohibits the occupying power to transfer citizens from its own territory to the occupied territory (Fourth Geneva Convention, article 49).”

According to the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, Israeli security forces do not always deploy in advance to protect Palestinians from settler violence, even when such violence could be anticipated. “In some cases, rather than restricting violent settlers, Israeli security forces impose restrictions on the Palestinians.”

“As the occupying power in the West Bank, Israel is obligated to maintain public order and ensure the safety of the Palestinians in the West Bank, who are classified a protected population in international law,” says B’Tselem.