BETHLEHEM, Monday, November 21, 2022 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Monday evening targeted a soccer playground in al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem, according to local sources.
Director of al-Khader Playground, Yousef Sayel, said that the heavily-armed soldiers barged their way into the outward yard of the playground in the old town as a soccer tournament was underway, firing volleys of tear gas canisters towards the stadium and the pitch, causing a number of players and audience to suffocate.
Since the start of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank in 1967, like so many other villages in Palestine, al-Khader has been subjected to almost continual land theft for Israeli colonial settlements, bypass roads, and military installations.
Israel has constructed Efrat and Neve Daniyyel colonial settlements on an area of 6,329 dunums of Palestinian land, including a portion confiscated from al-Khader. It has also constructed a section of the apartheid wall, isolating some 5,620 dunums of the town’s land for colonial settlement activities and pushing the villagers into a crowded enclave, a ghetto, surrounded by walls, settlements and military installations.
It has confiscated more land for the construction of a tunnel and a crossing, controlling Palestinian movement from Bethlehem city and the western countryside villages.