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Canada sanctions 'extremist' Israeli settlers

Canada is imposing sanctions on «extremist» Israeli settlers in the West Bank, Global Affairs Canada announced Thursday.

«The sanctions are a response to the grave breach of international peace and security posed by their violent and destabilizing actions against Palestinian civilians and their property in the West Bank,» Global Affairs said in a news release.

Canada is sanctioning four people, the department said: David Chai Chasdai, Yinon Levi, Zvi Bar Yosef and Moshe Sharvit. Global Affairs Canada said the four have engaged in violence against Palestinian civilians and their property.

The four men are among the eight people the U.S. sanctioned earlier this year. Canada's sanctions come months after Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly first said the government would be imposing them.

The U.S. government also sanctioned the two outposts the settlers have established: Zvi's Farm, northwest of the West Bank's main city Ramallah, and Moshe's Farm in the Jordan Valley. It also sanctioned agricultural enterprises run out of the outposts. Canada has sanctioned only individuals.

«With these measures, we are sending a clear message that acts of extremist settler violence are unacceptable and that perpetrators of such violence will face consequences,» Joly said in a media statement Thursday.

The United Nations has reported an escalation in settler attacks in the Palestinian territories since the Oct. 7 attacks.

Acts of violence by settlers and moves to dispossess Palestinians of their property were on the rise before the attacks and followed the election of the current Netanyahu government at the end of 2022.

That government is dominated by pro-settler parties and includes a number of West Bank settlers in its cabinet. Prominent

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