BETHLEHEM, Friday, January 13, 2023 (WAFA) – Israeli settlers today attacked a Palestinian house and vehicle in Kisan village, east of the city of Bethlehem, according to security sources.
They said that a group of settlers hurled stones at the family house of Ayesh Ebayyat and his son’s vehicle in the southern West Bank village, causing material damage.
There were no casualties.
Settlers’ violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities.
Settlers’ violence includes property and mosque arsons, stone-throwing, uprooting of crops and olive trees, attacks on vulnerable homes, among others.
There are over 800,000 Israeli settlers living in colonial settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Located 11 kilometers to the south of Bethlehem city, Kisan has a population of some 600 and occupies a total area of 133,330 dunams.
While the villagers are only allowed to build houses in a tiny pocket of land occupying 112 dunams, accounting for less than 1 percent of the village’s total area, the Israeli occupation authorities maintain control over 108,952, classified as Area C, accounting for 81.7 percent. The remaining part of 24,266 dunams, accounting for 18 percent, is classified as nature reserve.
Israel has established three colonial settlements, namely Ma‘ale Amos and Mizpe Shalem besides to the settlement outpost of Ibei Hanahal on lands confiscated from the village. It has confiscated further land for the construction of settler-only by-pass road no. 901 and road no. 3698, which extend for 16.1 kilometers on the village land.
Israel has constructed a section of the apartheid wall, confiscating and isolating some 87,344 dunams of fertile land, accounting for 65.5 percent of the village total area, for colonial settlement activities and pushing the villagers into a crowded enclave, a ghetto, surrounded by walls, settlements and military installations.