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Israeli forces crackdown on anti-land-pillage protests near Nablus

NABLUS, Friday, March 11, 2022 (WAFA) – Israeli forces today cracked down on anti-land-pillage protests in Beita and Beit Dajan towns, south and east of Nablus, injuring at least eight Palestinians, according to medical sources.

Israeli forces violently dispersed Palestinians who continued to converge atop Jabal Sabih (Sabih Mountain), near Beita town, to confront plans to rebuilt the evacuated colonial settlement outpost of Givat Eviatar.

Palestinian Red Crescent (PRC) confirmed that PRC medics treated three people who sustained rubber-coated steel bullet injuries, including a 12-year-old boy, at the scene.

Meanwhile, the soldiers attacked the participants of the rally called for to defend Palestinian-owned land threatened with confiscation, east of Beit Dajan, to make room for Israeli colonial settlement construction.

PRC said that its medics provided treatment for five protestors who suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.

Palestinians across in the territories occupied since 1967 and the rest of Historic Palestine have been rising up against decades of Israeli settler- colonialism and apartheid. The villagers of Beita have not only been protesting decades of Israeli oppression, but also intensified Israeli land pillage of their land.

In almost a month, some eight Palestinians from the town were killed and over 620 others were injured while trying to oust the colonial settler outpost built atop Mount Sabih or Sbeih.

In addition to Mount Sabih, Israeli forces have erected another colonial settlement outpost atop Mount Al-Arma, north of Beita, a few months ago, as both mounts enjoy a strategic location as they overlook the Jordan Valley, a fertile strip of land running west along the Jordan River which makes up approximately 30% of the West Bank.

Seizing the two hilltops represents a panoptical defensive tool as they would grant the Israeli occupation with a panoramic view over the Jordan Valley and the whole district of Nablus. This is why the Israeli occupation authorities have assigned them a place in its settlement expansion project.

The construction of the two colonial outposts atop Mount Sabih, south of Beita, and Mount Al-Arma, north of the town, besides to a bypass road to the west is an Israeli measure to push Palestinian villages and towns into crowded enclaves, ghettos, surrounded by walls, settlements and military installations, and disrupt their geographic contiguity with other parts of the West Bank.

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.”


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