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US to slap visa bans on settler extremists as soon as today — report

Border Police officers stop Israeli settlers from entering the Palestinian West Bank town of Turmus Ayya, June 21, 2023. (AP/Ohad Zwigenberg)
Border Police officers stop Israeli settlers from entering the Palestinian West Bank town of Turmus Ayya, June 21, 2023. (AP/Ohad Zwigenberg)

The US plans to announce sanctions on several West Bank settlers who have taken part in attacks against Palestinians, Axios reports, citing two US officials.

The moves, which could be announced as soon as today, will ban those named from traveling to the US, according to the report.

Sanctions on Palestinians involved in attacks on Israelis are also slated to be announced, Axios reports.

The move comes weeks after US President Joe Biden said in an op-ed that the US was prepared to levy “visa bans against extremists attacking civilians in the West Bank.”

According to the report, Washington decided to take the step after concluding that Israel had come up short in cracking down on the phenomenon and prosecuting those responsible.

The last time sanctions were levied against settler extremists was during former US president Bill Clinton’s administration in the 1990s, according to Axios.

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