JENIN, March 17, 2015 (WAFA) – A group of Israeli settlers Tuesday attacked two Palestinian youth while they were tending to their farmland near the town of Silet al-Harthyeh, southwest of Jenin, according to Jaba municipality.
A source at the municipality told WAFA that settlers beat up two residents of the town of Jaba to the south of Jenin; Nabil Khlilieh and Amjad Kanaan, using sticks and empty glass bottles, causing them injuries and bruises throughout their bodies.
According to a United Nations report, “Settlements are illegal under international law as they violate Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which prohibits the transfer of the occupying power’s civilian population into occupied territory. This has been confirmed by the International Court of Justice, the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention and the United Nations Security Council.”
OCHA said that, “The failure to respect international law, along with the lack of adequate law enforcement vis-à- vis settler violence and takeover of land has led to a state of impunity, which encourages further violence and undermines the physical security and livelihoods of Palestinians.”
In a different OCHA report published in 2012, it reported that, “Over 90% of monitored complaints regarding settler violence filed by Palestinians with the Israeli police in recent years have been closed without indictment.”
“The Israeli authorities repeatedly fail to enforce the rule of law in response to Israeli settlers’ acts of violence against Palestinians. Israeli forces often fail to stop attacks and follow-up afterwards is inadequate or poorly conducted. Measures of the current system, including requiring Palestinians to file complaints at police stations located inside Israeli settlements, actively work against the rule of law by discouraging Palestinians from filing complaints.”