Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Palestine Center: When Settlers Attack

US Campaign member group The Palestine Center published an important study today, entitled "When Settlers Attack." Check out the press release and link to the report:


The Palestine Center Releases Report on Israeli Settler Violence

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 
 
The Palestine Center Releases Report on Israeli Settler Violence
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Yousef Munayyer 
ymunayyer@palestinecenter.org
            (202) 338-1958       

WASHINGTON, D.C. (14 February 2012) – Today the Palestine Center released a comprehensive report on Israeli settler violence against Palestinian civilians and their property in the West Bank. The report, "When Settlers Attack," is comprised of data gathered over a span of seven years, from 2004 to 2011, that includes over 3,700 separate incidents of settler violence. It provides analysis as to why, how and when Israeli settler violence occurs. 

The Palestine Center found that there has been a steady increase of Israeli settler attacks against Palestinian civilians over the past five years and that they are increasingly occurring in the northern West Bank targeting rural villages. Every year, the Palestinian olive harvest period sees the highest peak in attacks on Palestinian civilians. The report determines that the majority of Israeli settler violence is not ‘price tag’ or responsorial in nature, but is structural and a symptom of the occupation. Over 90 percent of Palestinian areas that experience multiple incidents of settler violence are under Israeli security jurisdiction. 

“The dramatic rise in settler violence in the last several years demands investigation and analysis into why this happens. We believe our report is the most comprehensive undertaking regarding settler violence and we hope it can move the general discussion about this important issue forward while also advancing policy formulation aimed at ending settler violence and protecting Palestinian civilians and their property” said Yousef Munayyer, Executive Director of the Palestine Center. 

He continued, “With a 300 percent+ increase in settler violence of the past five years and nearly 2.7 incidents per day in 2011, settler violence presents a daily challenge to Palestinians. In this study, we test explanations for settler violence and ultimately put forward recommendations on how to address it.”
Find the report here: http://www.palestinecenter.org/whensettlersattack.

For more information on this report or Israeli settler violence, contact Yousef Munayyer at ymunnayer@palestinecenter.org, call             202-338-1290       or visitwww.palestinecenter.org.

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The Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., that maintains three programs. The Palestine Center hosts educational briefings and publishes analysis of the Palestinian experience and U.S. policy in the region. The Humanitarian Link provides short-term grants on a quarterly basis to humanitarian organizations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and surrounding refugee camps. The Jerusalem Fund Gallery hosts art exhibits, workshops, film screenings, concerts and more that showcase the rich artistic heritage of the region.