The U.S. State Department has announced travel bans on extremist Jewish settlers involved in attacks on Palestinians in the West Bank.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized the need for Israel to hold accountable those responsible for such violent attacks.
The decision follows increased U.S. pressure on Israel to address settler violence, while also calling for accountability for Palestinian attacks. (Trending: Elon Musk Condemns Arrest Of Jan 6 Protester)
“We have underscored to the Israeli government the need to do more to hold accountable extremist settlers who have committed violent attacks against Palestinians in the West Bank,” Blinken stated.
“As President Biden has repeatedly said, those attacks are unacceptable.”
“Today, the State Department is implementing a new visa restriction policy targeting individuals believed to have been involved in undermining peace, security or stability in the West Bank, including through committing acts of violence or taking other actions that unduly restrict civilians’ access to essential services and basic necessities,” Blinken added.
“Both Israel and the Palestinian Authority have the responsibility to uphold stability in the West Bank,” Blinken said.
“Instability in the West Bank both harms the Israeli and Palestinian people and threatens Israel’s national security interests.”
The move comes amid heightened tensions due to the conflict in Gaza and aims to uphold stability in the West Bank.
Additionally, those targeted by the travel bans will not be eligible for the U.S. Visa Waiver Program, and current U.S. visa holders among them will have their visas revoked.