Perpetrators of crimes against Palestinians going scot-free in IsraelListen /
Israel is failing to take legal action against Israeli settlers and soldiers who perpetuate violence against Palestinians and their property, according to a report by the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR).
The report says a soldier investigated for the killing of a Palestinian woman and her daughter was yet to be indicted for the crime, while three youths who petrol-bombed a Palestinian family were released into house arrest after five days.
Also highlighted in the report is the destruction of Palestinian Olive plantations by Israeli settlers.
UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kyung-wha Kang says nearly 500 olive trees have been destroyed since the beginning of August this year depriving Palestinians a critical source of income.
"These incidents are characteristic of a long standing pattern of frequent, at times extreme violence by Israeli settlers against Palestinians and their property. Israel has an obligation to protect Palestinians from such violence. When it occurs, Israel must ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice. It is in this context that the high commissioner welcomes the recent announcement from Israel's internal minister that a police task force will be established to address nationalistic hate crimes committed by Israeli settlers. We look forward to immediate and effective action by Israeli authorities to prevent, investigate and punish any incident of violence by Israeli settlers against Palestinians or their property."