Protection of Civilians Weekly Report 7-13 September 2011
Israeli settler violence is on the rise, increasing the risk of displacement of Palestinian communities. This week, the residential tent of one family was burnt, eight people were physically assaulted, and at least 390 trees were uprooted or set on fire. Most attacks were perpetrated in the context of the ‘price tag’ strategy, by which radical settlers try to deter the Israeli authorities from evacuating unauthorized settlement outposts.
The Israeli authorities resumed demolitions this week, following a six week lull. In the northern West Bank, the Israeli authorities demolished six water wells used for irrigation, which were reportedly dug without authorization, undermining the livelihoods of 160 families. Majority of the wells were located in Area B, where planning and zoning powers are held by the Palestinian Authority. Since the beginning of the 2011, Israel demolished 39 water-related structures in the West Bank.
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