RAMALLAH, Friday, July 17, 2020 (WAFA) – Illegal Israeli colonial settlers set up tents today at a Palestinian-owned land near the village of Beita, to the south of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, according to a local source.
Ghassan Daghlas, an official in charge of monitoring Israeli colonial activities in Nablus Governorate, told WAFA that settlers set up six tents in Jabal Sbeih area, near Beita village, apparently in a prelude to take over the land and establish a new settlement outpost.
Daghlas said that over recent years, Israeli settlers have been trying to take over Palestinian land in the area by various means, but all those attempts were thwarted by the local Palestinian population.
He pointed out that current attempts by Israeli settlers and settler organizations to expropriate Palestinian land are part of the Israeli government's plan to annex portions of the occupied West Bank to the occupying state's sovereignty.
There are about 700,000 colonial Israeli settlers living in the occupied West Bank settlements in violation of international law, particularly the Fourth Geneva Convention which expressly bans the relocation of the occupying nation's civilian population to the land of the occupied.
The occupying state of Israel captured the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights following the 1967 war, and has since built hundreds of illegal Jewish-only settlements throughout the occupied territories.