UN report accuses Israel of human rights violations in the West Bank
President Joe Biden, of the United States, gave an executive order this Thursday (1st) to punish Jewish settlers who attack Palestinians in the West Bank, a Palestinian territory that has been invaded for years.
The executive order creates a system to impose financial sanctions and visa restrictions against people who attack or intimidate Palestinians or take property of local residents, according to US government officials.
In December, the US had already announced that it would limit visas for Jewish settlers living in illegal settlements in the West Bank.
Both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip are Palestinian territories, but the two regions are governed by distinct and opposing groups of Palestinians: the West Bank is governed by the Palestinian Authority, and the Gaza Strip by Hamas.
Despite being distinct regions governed by different and opposing groups, violence in the West Bank has increased since the war between the terrorist group Hamas and Israel began on October 7, 2023. According to UN estimates, settler attacks against Palestinians more than which have doubled since Hamas attacked Israel.
Punishments for settlers who attack Palestinians
People who are punished by Biden’s executive order may suffer the following penalties:
- They will not be able to touch your assets that are registered in the USA.
- They won’t be able to do any kind of business with Americans.
There is already a list of four people who will be punished.
The American government had been systematically asking Israel to control Jewish settlers in the West Bank. Biden spoke about the topic with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Israel’s Finance Minister, Bezalel Smotrich, is the leader of a far-right group in favor of invasions of Palestinian territory in the West Bank. He stated that there is an anti-Semitic and false campaign that Israel’s enemies spread with the aim of tarnishing the reputation of the pioneer settlers and the entire State of Israel.