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Death of 16-year-old provokes settlers' ire against police, Palestinians

Settlers angry after the death of 16-year-old Ahuvia Sandak are protesting violently across the country and also attacking Palestinian property in the West Bank.

Over the past few days, Israeli security agencies have been warning about escalating tensions in the West Bank. They fear that violent demonstrations and attacks on Palestinian property registered ever since the death of Ahuvia Sandak on Dec. 21 could continue and even spread.

More so, according to data published on Jan. 9, December 2020 was the most nationalist-violent month since the beginning of 2017. Israeli security agencies registered 41 "price tag" incidents, which is the name used for vengeance crimes carried out by Israeli extremists against Palestinians and against Palestinian buildings and property. Most of these December attacks were the throwing of stones and rocks at Palestinians in the West Bank, with seven people in total injured. A report by the Yesh Din Volunteers for Human Rights nonprofit organization on Jan. 1 said the group had recorded 25 attacks against Palestinians and their property since Sandak was killed — in other words, 25 incidents in ten days.

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