In Palestine, there are many extremist Jewish groups, who agreed on terrorism against defenseless Palestinians.
The last of the extremist settlers’ attacks was when Israeli extremist groups called for the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem, last week, coinciding with the anniversary of the founding of Israel, or what is known to them as Independence Day.
These groups’ attacks included burning mosques and churches, cutting down trees, and attacking Palestinian property in the West Bank, Jerusalem, and inside Israel, These attacks were accompanied by racist slogans.
The attacks of these groups against the Palestinians have escalated in recent years, the number of attacks by settlers in the West Bank since 2004 has reached about 11,000 attacks targeting Palestinians and their property, according to the data of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
The most prominent extremist groups in Israel
- Lehava group is a far-right and Jewish supremacist organization based in Israel that strictly opposes Jewish assimilation, objecting to most personal relationships between Jews and non-Jews, This group was founded by settlers in the “Kiryat Arba” settlement in the city of Hebron in the southern West Bank and the “Yitsar” settlement near Nablus seven years ago, and the residents of these two settlements are described as the most extremist.
- Hilltop Youth is an extremist Zionist settlement group, most of whose members live in outposts in the occupied West Bank, and live in individual farms and buildings within open areas outside the official settlements. The group’s followers believe in “the Greater Land of Israel”, consider the Palestinians to be intruders who should be expelled, and carry out attacks against Palestinians.
- in a related context, members of the Jewish Gang group believe in displacing all Palestinians from their land in the implementation of the “Pure Land of Israel” doctrine, and these groups intensify their attacks on Palestinians inside Israel.
- The “Temple Mount Trustees” group, was established in 1967. This group seeks to “establish the alleged temple”, the place of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and has repeatedly tried to lay the foundation stone for the alleged temple, but it has failed so far.
- There is the “Kach Movement”, another extremist Jewish group, which believes that the only way to achieve its goals is the sword, which it chose as its slogan, and was founded by the extremist Rabbi Meir Kahane in 1971. The Israeli government banned the activity of this group following the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre in Hebron in 1994, but its members assimilated into other extremist groups.
- Gush Emunim, this group was founded by the extremist Rabbi Moshe Levinger in 1974, and the group sees that violence is the only way to achieve the goal of settlement in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and calls for the demolition of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the establishment of the alleged temple.
Although the Israeli society rejected these settlers, they received government support, and this was recently evident in the formation of Benjamin Netanyahu’s government, as 7 of his cabinet ministers are residents of those settlements.
Figures from the Israeli human rights organization, Yesh Din, indicated that 95% of the cases brought by Palestinians before the Israeli judiciary against settlers or army forces in the West Bank to protect settlements were registered against an unknown person.