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Israeli forces crackdown on anti-land-pillage rallies in northern West Bank

Israeli forces crackdown on anti-land-pillage rallies in northern West Bank
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NABLUS, Friday, August 19, 2022 (WAFA) – Israeli forces today cracked down on anti-land-pillage protests in Beita and Beit Dajan towns, south and east of Nablus city, according to medical sources.

Israeli forces used fatal violence to disperse a rally in protest of the construction of the new colonial settlement of Givat Eviatar atop Jabal Sabih (Sabih Mountain), near Beita in addition to another rally to defend Palestinian-owned land threatened with confiscation, east of Beit Dajan.

Palestine Red Crescent (PRC) medics said that one protestor was hit by live ammunition in the foot and five others suffocated from tear gas in Beita. All casualties were treated at the scene.

They added that another protestor sustained wounds from a rubber-coated steel bullet, another sustained burns after being directly hit by a gas canister in addition to 37 others who suffocated from tear gas in Beit Dajan.

Meanwhile, gun-toting soldiers quelled a similar weekly rally in Kafr Qaddum town, east of Qalqiliya city.

Local sources said that six people, including a journalist, sustained rubber-coated steel bullet injuries and other suffocated from tear gas.

Palestinians across 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.”

K.F.

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