UN says pace of Israeli settler attacks up 4-fold

The annual rate of Israeli settler attacks against Palestinians has almost quadrupled in eight years, UN figures show, buttressing claims that Israeli security forces have largely failed to stem the so-called "price tag" campaign in which thugs cut down trees, deface mosques and beat Palestinian farmers.


Israeli leaders have repeatedly denounced such attacks – the defense minister last week branded them "outright terrorism" – and the military says soldiers are under strict orders to stop them.