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MRG warns against escalating violence against Bedouin communities in the West Bank

26 March 2024

This statement, delivered by Jad El Dilati in the name of Minority Rights Group during the 55th Session of the UN Human Rights Council on 26 March 2024, sheds light on the escalating violence against Bedouin communities by Israeli settlers in Area C of Palestine’s occupied West Bank. Highlighting disturbing acts of settler violence and forced displacement, the statement underscores the urgent need for the Council’s attention and action to address these violations of international law and ensure the protection of Palestinians. Minority Rights Group urges swift intervention to safeguard the rights and livelihoods of affected communities.

Mister President,

Minority Rights Group brings to the attention of the Council the alarming escalation of attacks against Bedouins by Israeli settlers in Area C of the occupied West Bank. Since the start of Israel’s latest war on Gaza, heavily armed Israeli settlers from nearby illegal settlements are forcibly displacing West Bank Bedouins in nearly all the Bedouin villages east of Ramallah.

Disturbing acts of settler violence have been reported, including use of gunfire, teargas and home raids. These are coupled with threats of ‘elimination’ on social media. Attacks appear to be concentrated and organized, often carried out without hindrance and, in some cases, with the apparent assistance of security forces.

These actions not only result in the loss of security, livelihoods, homes and property but also disrupt the social fabric and cultural heritage of Palestinian communities, exacerbating their vulnerability and marginalization. Displacement is particularly affecting the socio-economic status of Bedouin women, who traditionally engage in tasks such as animal grazing and land cultivation.

MRG calls upon this Council to closely monitor and address the human rights situation in the West Bank, particularly the escalating violence and forced displacement of Bedouin communities. With the recent Israeli approval of 3,400 new houses in the illegal West Bank settlements, urgent action is needed to hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law and to ensure the protection of Palestinians.

Thank you.

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Jad El Dilati

MENA Programme Coordinator

Minority Rights Group