The settlers are accused of committing human rights abuses against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.
The United Kingdom has announced sanctions against four Israeli settlers accused of committing human rights abuses against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank following a similar move by the United States this month.
The sanctions announced on Monday follow what the UK called “unprecedented levels of violence by extremist settlers in the West Bank” last year by some residents of illegal Israeli settlements and outpost there.
The sanctions represent a rare move by London and Washington against the Israelis as the war rages on in the besieged Gaza Strip.
The transatlantic allies’ consistent support of Israel’s military operations in the territory has drawn heavy criticism internationally and among sections of their local population.
In announcing the asset freeze and travel and visa ban against the settlers, British Foreign Secretary David Cameron said: “Israel must also take stronger action and stop settler violence. “
“Often, we see commitments made and tasks given but not followed through,” he added.
Cameron said “extremist Israeli settlers” are threatening Palestinians, often at gunpoint, and “forcing them away from land that is rightfully theirs,” labeling the behavior “illegal and unacceptable”.
“Extremist settlers, by targeting and attacking Palestinian civilians, undermine security and stability for Israelis and Palestinians,” he said.
Two of the individuals executed – Moshe Sharvit and Yinon Levy – in recent months used physical aggression, threatened families with guns and destroyed property, Cameron’s foreign ministry said.
Their actions are “part of a targeted and calculated effort to displace Palestinian communities”, added the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.
London also targeted Zvi Bar Yosef, who is said to have established an illegal outpost in the West Bank in 2018, described by local Palestinian residents as a “source of systematic intimidation and violence”.
A fourth person authorized in London, Ely Federman, has been involved in several incidents against Palestinian shepherds in the South Hebron Hills, according to the Foreign Office.
Levi was the only one of the quartet also targeted by the US when it imposed sanctions on four Israeli settlers for attacking Palestinian communities in the West Bank, accusing them of undermining stability. and security in Israel and the Palestinian territories.
The US sanctions target Levy, David Chai Chasdai and Einan Tanjil, who are accused of attacking and terrorizing Palestinians. They also targeted Shalom Zickerman, who has been accused of attacking Israeli activists.
The White House also announced a new order to punish those responsible for “extremist settler violence” in the West Bank.