Israeli Defense Officials Alarmed by Rise in Settler Violence Against Police, Soldiers

While the vast majority of West Bank attacks by Israelis last year were aimed at Palestinians, officials warn of escalation as protests over teen's death transform into 'a battlefield' between settlers and law enforcement

Yaniv Kubovich
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Defense officials are concerned about a rise in settler violence against soldiers and police officers in the West Bank over the past year, which has only accelerated since 16-year-old Ahuvia Sandak was killed in a police pursuit last month.

Last year, there were 42 instances of violence against soldiers and police by right-wing extremists, marking a significant increase over 2019’s 29 incidents – which was also a significant escalation over previous years. The attacks in 2020 were primarily committed by radical young settlers – the so-called hilltop youth.

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