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

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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