by Osama Abu Ayyash
Parents Circle – Families Forum
“To be honest, the recent settler violence against Palestinians and their villages in the West Bank has me scared.
I’m worried about the escalation in violence.
I’m worried about the lawlessness and the absence of accountability of settler violence. I’m worried for the safety of my colleagues, our members, my family and my own safety as I travel from my village of Beit Ummar near Hebron to the Parents Circle’s office in Beit Jala near Bethlehem.”
This past weekend bereaved Israeli and Palestinian members of the Parents Circle visited the Palestinian village near Tubas — a Bedoiun village that continues to suffer from damage and destruction at the hands of Israeli settlers.
There has been a surge in Jewish settler violence against Palestinians especially in 2021. Settlers invade homes, smash windows and damage equipment, olive plantations, and vehicles. Even worse, a 3-year old Palestinian boy was hospitalized with a fractured skull from the attacks.