Biden to issue order targeting Jewish settler violence in West Bank

Israeli settler violence against Palestinians have increased in recent months as Jewish settlements have expanded

Reuters February 01, 2024
Israeli troops stand guard near a shooting scene in Hebron in the Israeli-occupied West Bank February 1, 2024. PHOTO: REUTERS


US President Joe Biden is expected to issue an executive order targeting Jewish settlers who attack Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, Politico reported, citing documents, a US official and a congressional aide.

The order was set to be released later Thursday, according to the documents and the US official, and is expected to include sanctions against the settlers, the news outlet reported.

Reuters could not immediately verify the report.

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Biden and other senior US officials have warned repeatedly that Israel must act to stop violence by Israeli settlers against Palestinians in the West Bank. Attacks there have surged in recent months as Jewish settlements have expanded, and then spiked again since the Oct. 7 Hamas attacks on Israel.

In December, the United States began imposing visa bans on people involved in violence in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Since the 1967 Middle East war, Israel has occupied the West Bank of the Jordan River, which Palestinians want as the core of an independent state. It has built Jewish settlements there that most countries deem illegal. Israel disputes this and cites historical and biblical ties to the land.


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