JERUSALEM, Monday, December 07, 2020 (WAFA) – Israeli settlers today infringed on private Palestinian land in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan and when the landowners attempted to stop them, a quarrel broke out and one of the settlers pulled his private gun in the face of the Palestinian landowners, according to a local source. (Watch video here)
Khaled Abu Tayeh, member of the Committee for the Defense of Silwan Land, told WAFA that the settlers broke into Wadi al-Rababa land, which is under threat of takeover by the Israeli occupation authorities, and when the landowners confronted them, a brawl broke out.
He said one of the settlers pulled a gun to threaten the landowners with it.
Abu Tayeh said the Israeli so-called Nature Preservation Authority has been infringing on Wadi al-Rababa land, the latest of which was today, in an attempt to take it over, but that the landowners have regularly confronted them.
Israel, particularly, and the West Jerusalem Israeli municipality have been targeting Silwan since its occupation in June 1967, banning Palestinian construction and development while encouraging settlers to take over Palestinian land and homes in an effort to turn it into a Jewish neighborhood. Part of it has even been called City of David where an illegal settlement was built.