HEBRON, Tuesday, December 21, 2021 (WAFA) – Israeli settlers, protected by Israeli forces, razed today Palestinian-owned land and uprooted dozens of olive trees in Hebron's town of Tarqomiya, in the southern occupied West Bank, in order to pave a settler-only road in the area, according to anti-settlement activist, Mohammed Abu Dabbous.
He told WAFA settlers from the illegal Israeli settlement of Tellem bulldozed land belonging to Ghareeb family and uprooted around 50 olive trees in the Khilet Salameh area in the town of Tarqomiya, for the benefit of opening a road designated for the sole use of settlers residing in illegal West Bank settlements.
"The forbidden roads regime has forced West Bank Palestinians to use long and winding routes rather than roads that lead directly from one town or district to another. Travel on these alternate roads disrupts all aspects of daily life in the West Bank, in such areas as the economy, health, and education, and gravely affects social and family life. In addition, Palestinians suffer the insult and humiliation that are part and parcel of the measures used by Israeli security forces to enforce the discriminatory roads regime," said the Israeli information center for human rights in occupied territories, B’Tselem.
"The roads regime, which is based on separation through discrimination, bears clear similarities to the racist apartheid regime that existed in South Africa until 1994. An individual's national origin determines their right to use various roads. This policy is based on a racist premise: that all Palestinians are security risks, and it is therefore justifiable to restrict their movement. Thus the policy indiscriminately harms the entire Palestinian population, in violation of their human rights and of international law," it said.
The establishment of settlements on the West Bank violates international humanitarian law, which establishes the principles applied during war and occupation. Moreover, the settlements lead to the infringement of international human rights law, said the Israeli information center for human rights in occupied territories, said B’Tselem.