President Biden on Thursday imposed sanctions on Israeli settlers in the West Bank after a 17-year-old U.S. citizen was shot and killed in the West Bank last month.
A white house The executive order announcement stated that “extreme settler violence” in the West Bank reached record levels in 2023.Sanctions would ban dozens of settlers and their families from traveling to or doing business in the United States
The order applies specifically to settlers who “act or threaten violence against civilians in the West Bank, intimidate civilians from their homes, destroy or seize property, or engage in terrorist activities.”
Abdel Jabbar, a 17-year-old U.S. citizen, was allegedly shot dead by Israeli settlers while visiting the West Bank last month. Jabbar’s family said he visited the area to learn more about his Palestinian heritage. .
Jabbar was killed while driving with his friend, 16-year-old Mohammed Salameh, when at least 10 shots were fired from the back of the car, hitting Jabbar and causing the vehicle to overturn.
Salameh survived and claimed the shooting was unprovoked. Israeli police said the shooting targeted “people who were allegedly engaging in rock-throwing activities along Highway 60.” Police have not identified the gunman but said the incident involved an off-duty police officer, a soldier and a civilian.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s father denied claims his son threw rocks on the road, but added that even if he was, “so what?”
“If they throw rocks 150 meters down the street, what’s the impact on a tank, a jeep or a car full of soldiers? Are you going to shoot the car 10 times because someone is throwing rocks?” Hafi, the father. Hafeth Abdel Jabbar told NBC News.
this State Council Additional visa restrictions were imposed on West Bank settlers in December. The Biden administration relies heavily on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to combat the group.
“The United States has consistently opposed actions that destabilize the West Bank, including attacks by Israeli settlers on Palestinians and Palestinian attacks on Israelis,” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement.
“We have emphasized to the Israeli government that more action is needed to hold accountable extremist settlers who carry out violent attacks against Palestinians in the West Bank. As President Biden has said repeatedly, these attacks are unacceptable,” he added road.
On Thursday, a member of Netanyahu’s government mocked Biden’s move. Israeli Finance Minister Benjamin Smotrich claimed that accusations of settler violence were “anti-Semitic lies”.
Smotrich vowed to keep pushing for settlements in the West Bank, adding, “If the price is U.S. sanctions on me, so be it.”
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