NABLUS, Friday, December 30, 2022 (WAFA) – 25 Palestinians today suffocated as Israeli forces quelled an anti-land-pillage rally in Beit Dajan town, east of the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, according to medical sources.
He said that Israeli forces used fatal violence to disperse a rally to defend Palestinian-owned land threatened with confiscation, east of the town.
Palestinian Red Crescent said that its medics provided treatment to 25 participants who suffocated from tear gas.
Palestinians across Historic Palestine have been rising up against decades of Israeli settler- colonialism and apartheid.
Beit Dajan has become a scene for weekly protests against the Israeli authorities’ move to construct new colonial settlements and expand existing ones at the expense of Palestinian territory.
Located 12 kilometers to the east of Nablus city, Beit Dajan has a population of some 4,700 and occupies a total area of 44,100 dunams, including 360 dunums of built-up area for the villagers. A large part of the village lands were seized for the construction of Al-Hamra and Mekhora (Mehola) colonial settlements, east and southeast of the village, in 1971 and 1973.
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 800,000 and colonial settlement expansion has tripled since the signing of the 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."