The footage also shows the settlers, who were armed with two M-16 assault rifles and a pistol, shooting Palestinians in the presence of at least three soldiers. The Israeli soldiers only watched the violence and did nothing to stop the settlers. One soldier is also seen running away from the unrest.
A 24-year-old Palestinian man was injured in the shooting and five others were wounded by settlers who were throwing stones.
B’Tselem has filed a complaint with the police, urging an investigation into the incident, saying that the soldiers “did not adhere to their obligation to protect Palestinians from settler violence.”
It has also called for the prosecution of the settlers involved in the violence.
Rights groups have repeatedly accused Israeli troops of refusing to protect Palestinians against the Jewish settlers. Former West Bank Division Commander Brigadier General Nitzan Alon has also said that Israeli soldiers have not been working enough to stop settler attacks on Palestinians.
Israeli settlers, mostly armed, regularly attack Palestinian villages and farms and set fire to their mosques, olive groves and other properties in the occupied West Bank in what they believe to be the “price tag” for every outpost or West Bank settlement that is demolished.
Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank are illegal under the international law.