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US Imposes Sanctions on Israeli Settlers for West Bank Violence

US Imposes Sanctions on Israeli Settlers for West Bank Violence

The United States government has applied sanctions on four Israeli individuals linked to settler violence in the West Bank. This move reflects growing dissatisfaction with the policies of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Key Points:

  • The US State Department froze assets and imposed visa restrictions on four settlers accused of committing violence against Palestinians in the West Bank.
  • US President Joe Biden issued an executive order targeting Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank.
  • The order establishes a system for financial sanctions and visa restrictions against those who attack Palestinians, seize their property, or engage in intimidation.
  • The sanctions freeze the US assets of the individuals and generally prohibit Americans from dealing with them.

Individuals sanctioned:

  1. David Chai Chasdai initiated and led a riot resulting in the death of a Palestinian civilian.
  2. Einan Tanjil assaulted Palestinian farmers and Israeli activists, causing injuries requiring medical treatment.
  3. Shalom Zicherman assaulted Israeli activists in the West Bank, damaging property and injuring individuals.
  4. Yinon Levi led a group of settlers that assaulted Palestinian and Bedouin civilians, causing harm and property damage.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized the need for Israel to address violence in the West Bank and hold those responsible accountable.

Despite the US actions, Israel deemed them unnecessary, stating its commitment to addressing lawbreakers without special measures.

The West Bank has witnessed increased violence amid expanding settlements and a longstanding deadlock in peacemaking efforts. Israel’s occupation of the West Bank since the 1967 Middle East war remains a contentious issue, with disputes over the legality of Jewish settlements.

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