BETHLEHEM, Saturday, July 31, 2021 (WAFA) – Israeli occupation forces installed today a metal gate at the entrance leading to Jabal Al-Fardis area, east of the southern West Bank district of Bethlehem, said a local activist.
Hasan Brijiyeh, a local anti-settlement and anti-wall activist, told WAFA correspondent the installation of the metal gate will prevent residents’ access to their lands, at a time when the Israeli authorities have escalated their settlement activities in the area.
Forces also installed a communication tower in the area.
Restricting movement is one of the main tools that Israel employs to enforce its regime of occupation over the Palestinian population in the Occupied Territories. Israel restricts the movement of Palestinians within the Occupied Territories, between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, into Israel, and abroad. Only Palestinians are restricted in this manner, while settlers and other civilians – Israeli and foreign – are free to travel, said the Israeli information center for human rights in the occupied territories, B'Tselem.
Israeli restrictions on Palestinians’ movement impose a life of constant uncertainty, making it difficult to perform everyday tasks or make plans, and frustrates the development of a stable economy, said B'Tselem.