Israeli Colonists Commit Several Violations Against Palestinians and Their Property in the Occupied West Bank

Illegal Israeli colonists, on Wednesday and Thursday, committed a number of violations against the Palestinian people and their properties in various parts of the occupied West Bank, according to local sources.

On Thursday evening, Israeli colonial settlers chopped down olive trees on land belonging to a Palestinian citizen identified as Abu Mustafa Al-Haj Hood in Sinjil town, northeast of Ramallah in the central West Bank, according to the mayor of the town, Moataz Tawafsha.

Meanwhile, in the northern West Bank, south of Nablus, Israeli colonists established an illegal outpost in Jaloud village, south of Nablus city, a local official reported.

Settlers began constructing a settlement outpost, stole water tanks from a nearby farm and set them up in the vicinity, according to Ghassan Daghlas, the official responsible for monitoring Israel’s settlement activity in the northern West Bank.

Settlers attacked, on Thursday evening, Palestinian-owned vehicles that were traveling between Nablus and Qalqilia in the northern West Bank as occupation forces blocked the road, eyewitnesses reported.

Additionally, Israeli forces obstructed Palestinian traffic, causing a major traffic disturbance for Palestinians traveling between Ramallah in the central West Bank and Nablus in the north.

Furthermore, dozens of illegal settlers stormed, on Thursday, the Ein al-Mayah spring in Qaryut village, southeast of Nablus, while occupation soldiers provided security for the invading colonists.

In the southern West Bank, south of Bethlehem, a group of armed settlers, under the protection of Israeli soldiers, took over 60 dunams of Palestinian-owned farm lands in Al-Khader town, and assaulted the owners who attempted to defend their land.

The settlers assaulted and injured the owners of the land, identified as Issa and Hassan Musa, both in their 60’s when they confronted the illegal colonists, according to the town mayor, Ibrahim Mousa.

Mousa added that the settlers, from nearby illegal colonies also set up a tent in the area as often occurs with the establishment of a settlement outpost.

Meanwhile, about 500 illegal colonists stormed the Suleiman Pools area, south of Bethlehem, closed off the area to Palestinians, with the army providing full security for the settlers.

Moreover, a group of illegal colonial settlers grazed their cattle on 15 dunams of farm land in Al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem, belonging to Hisham Barmil, according to the town mayor, Ibrahim Mousa.

He added that the settlers, living in a nearby settlement allowed their cattle to destroy the crops which were planted with olive saplings and chickpeas.

On Wednesday evening, Israeli settlers installed a mobile home in Masafer Yatta, south of Hebron in the southern occupied West Bank, in another attempt to initiate a settlement outpost in the area, a local activist reported.

Rateb al-Jabour, the local coordinator of the Anti-Wall and Settlement Committees, stated that colonists from adjacent settlements set up the mobile home in a prelude to expropriating the Palestinian-owned lands.

Lastly, on Wednesday, settlers attacked Palestinian-owned vehicles near Burqa town, northwest of Nablus on the northern part of the occupied West Bank, according to Ghassan Daghlas, adding that Palestinian citizens confronted the attacking colonists.

Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, the occupying power (Israel) is forbidden to transfer parts of it civilian population onto the land which it occupies (Palestine).


Published by I Can Handle the Truth

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