Number of Israelis killed by Palestinians in 2022 highest since 2008

Mourners at the funeral of Tamir Avichai, one of three Jewish settlers killed by a Palestinian in November 2022 (AFP)

Oscar Rickett & Huthifa Fayyad

Middle East Eye  /  November 18, 2022

MEE reporting shows that 27 Israelis have been killed this year, while the figure is seven times higher for Palestinians

Twenty-seven Israeli civilians and soldiers have been killed by Palestinians in 2022, the highest number since 2008, according to a Middle East Eye analysis of United Nations figures.

The rise in casualties has seen Israeli commentators compare the current violence to the end of the Second Intifada in 2005, a year in which  51 Israelis were killed by Palestinians, according to Israeli rights group B’Tselem. 

At the same time, Israeli forces and settlers have killed 139 Palestinians, including at least 30 children, in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 2022. 

An additional 49 Palestinians were killed in the Gaza Strip during a three-day Israeli bombardment in August, including 17 children, the youngest of whom was four-year- old Jamil Nijm Jamil Nijm. 

In October, the United Nations said the monthly average number of Palestinians killed was at its highest since the UN started counting fatalities in 2005.

On Tuesday, a Palestinian man was shot dead by Israeli forces after he stabbed three Jewish settlers to death near a settlement in the occupied West Bank, bringing the total number of Israelis killed by Palestinians this year to 27. Israeli media outlets reported that the death toll this year is 29.

Oscar Rickett is a journalist

Huthifa Fayyad is a freelance journalist