HEBRON, Friday, August 05, 2022 (WAFA) – Several Palestinians today sustained injuries in a settler attack in Masafer Yatta, south of Hebron, according to a local activist.
Rateb Jabour, an anti-colonialism activist, said that scores of settlers attacked a rally organized in protest of the forcible expulsion of some 1,300 Palestinians living in twelve villages or hamlets making up the Masafer Yatta area, hurling stones at the participants.
He added that the participants managed to remove a tent that was set up by settlers in Susiya village, east of Yatta.
Recently, Israel’s top court gave the army the green light to forcibly expel some 1,300 Palestinians living in twelve villages or hamlets making up the Masafer Yatta area, which relies heavily on animal husbandry as the main source of livelihood, marking one of the largest expulsions carried out by the State of Israel in recent decades.
Located in Area C of the West Bank, under full Israeli administrative and military control, the area has been subjected to repeated Israeli violations by settlers and soldiers targeting their main source of living - livestock.
It has been designated as a closed Israeli military zone for training since 1980s and accordingly referred to as Firing Zone 918.
Israeli violations against the area include demolition of animal barns, homes and residential structures. Issuance of construction permits by Israel to local Palestinians in the area is non-existent.
The “Civil Administration” is the name Israel gives to the body administering its military occupation of the West Bank.
Soldiers in the oxymoronically named Civil Administration determine where Palestinians may live, where and when they may travel (including to other parts of the occupied territories like Gaza and East Jerusalem), whether they can build or expand homes on their own land, whether they own that land at all, whether an Israeli settler can takeover that land among others.