NABLUS, Friday, May 28, 2021 (WAFA) – Some 20 Palestinians today were injured as Israeli forces quelled an anti-settlement-construction rally in Beita town, south of the West Bank city of Nablus, according to WAFA correspondent.
He said that Israeli forces opened intensive fire towards the participants in the rally called for in protest of the construction of a new colonial settlement atop Jabal Sbeih (Sbeih Mountain) near the town, hitting two with live rounds, three others with rubber-coated steel bullets and causing 15 others to suffer from the effects of tear gas inhalation.
The soldiers chased two other protestors, causing them to fall and sustain wounds.
The nonviolent rally was called for after a group of Israeli settlers set up over 20 mobile homes or caravans atop the mount as a prelude for taking over the complete mount and establishing a colonial outpost.
Settler violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities.
The number of settlers living in Jewish-only colonial settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law has jumped to over 700,000 and colonial settlement expansion has tripled since the signing of Oslo Accords in 1993.
Israel’s nation-state law, passed in July 2018, enshrines Jewish supremacy, and states that building and strengthening the colonial settlements is a “national interest.”