Areej Institute: The settlers are racing against time to attack the Palestinians and their properties in light of the Corona crisis

 The Institute for Applied Research "Areej" confirmed in a report that monitored settler attacks during the month of March last across the West Bank, that these attacks have increased clearly in light of the spread of the Corona virus in the Palestinian territories and preoccupation The Palestinians are responding to this dangerous epidemic and limiting its spread.

Physical attacks are on the increase

The report records instances of aggression by settlers to which Palestinians are exposed in various areas of the occupied West Bank, between physical assaults targeting children and the elderly, men and women, as well as attacks on fruit trees, repeated incursions into historical and religious places, especially the blessed Al Aqsa Mosque and the destruction of Palestinian property from homes Cars will also seize and control Palestinian land for the sake of the fierce settlement program.

The clear goals of imposing their presence as "country masters"

He pointed out that the objectives are clear, on top of which is to impose their presence as "masters of countries" in the occupied Palestinian territories, in clear and explicit violation of all international laws and norms that condemned this. The sixth paragraph of Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states that "the occupying power may not deport or transfer part of its civilian population to the lands it occupies," and this is exactly what Israel did after its occupation of the Palestinian territories in 1967, where it permitted itself to confiscate Palestinian lands from Through several laws it issued in accordance with its settlement whims in the occupied Palestinian territories and implemented it on the ground for the purpose of building settlements, settling settlers in them, and consolidating their control over the land they occupied. And Article 8 (Chapter Two) (b) of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, adopted in Rome on July 17, 1998, considers that "

The report listed all attacks on citizens and their property, including the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque to protect the Israeli police forces four times on the eighth, twelfth, sixteenth and seventeenth last month, and on the eighth of the same month a group of settlers grazed their livestock in agricultural crops in the Suwaidah area in the Aghwar region The Palestinian property belongs to Palestinian citizens living in the area. Among its owners was the talents of Muhammad Naji Daraghmeh and Abdel Awad Daraghmeh. On the following day, a group of settlers from Mitzpe Yair objected to a number of Palestinian residents living on the road. The link between the villages of Bir al-Ad and Janaba in the east of the city of Yatta, and I tried to prevent them from reaching their homes. On the tenth of March, Israeli settlers destroyed the monument of the martyr Ziad Abu Ain in the village of Turmusaya, north of Ramallah, and on the same day, a group of settlers, under the protection of the Israeli occupation forces, stormed the Tel Rumeida area in the city of Hebron, to celebrate the festival of the masquerades on the sounds of loud music, as well as in a street. The martyrs and the sahla, and the vicinity of the Noble Sanctuary, while the Israeli occupation forces closed the military barrier leading to Al-Shuhada Street, and prevented Palestinian citizens from entering or leaving the area to give the settlers room to complete their celebrations. T fire the abduction of two Palestinian children near the village Turmus'ayya north of the city of Ramallah and attacked their family in addition to cracking the car owned by the family of the martyr on the street, Ziad Abu Ein village.

A group of settlers, under the protection of an Israeli occupation force, stormed the city of Al-Tirah in Ramallah and opened fire indiscriminately at the place. The settlers stormed the Jabal Al-Arma area of ​​the lands of Beita town in the Nablus governorate in the northern West Bank, and at the same time, the occupation forces stormed the mountain area to protect the settlers in The area fired live bullets and metal bullets and sound and gas bombs at Palestinian civilians who were in the area to protect their lands.

It should be noted that, prior to the settlers storming the Jabal region, they mobilized large groups in an attempt to control an archaeological historical site above its summit, and on the eleventh of the same month, Israeli settlers attacked two Palestinian youths from the town of Huwwara, south of Nablus, severely. The occupation forces also detained the two young men for a period after the settlers attacked them. The two young men, Salah Lutfi, promised Khumus. The settlers also smashed the windows of the vehicle they were driving, and a group of settlers living in Bracha settlement A group of settlers assaulted the Palestinian citizen, Hazem Badawi Abu Asnina, while he was driving his vehicle near the Al-Masara neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem. A group of Israeli settlers infiltrated the lands of the Palestinian citizens in Burin village and demolished parts of the construction house owned by Montaser Mansour, and at dawn The settlers living in the settlement of Yitzhar attacked the homes of citizens in the village of Ainabus, south of Nablus, and assaulted them with stones. These houses belong to Awad Amin Hamad and Shukri Al-Shaqour, which destroyed the windows of the two homes. The settlers also targeted a vehicle belonging to Hani Nabil, and smashed the vehicle's windows. Dozens of settlers stormed the archaeological site in the village of Sebastia, north of Nablus, with the protection of forces from the occupation army, which closed the roads leading to the archaeological site.

On the fourteenth, settlers attacked Palestinian shepherds in Khirbet "Jbaite" near the village of Al-Mughair, east of Ramallah, and beat them severely while they were grazing their sheep, and tried to seize their sheep, and the next day a group of settlers attacked 20 Palestinian vehicles in the village of Hawara South of Nablus, with rocks, shattering its windows and severely damaging it.

On the sixteenth, a group of settlers cut down dozens of vine trees in Khirbet "Beit Askariya", near the "Gush Asioun" settlement bloc, south of Bethlehem. The settlers cut down 50 vine trees belonging to Mahmoud Ali Saad, and a group of settlers stormed the agricultural lands of the residents of Al-Khalayel near the villages of Burqin and Kafr Al-Deek, and uprooted a number of fruitful olive trees owned by Jamal Othman Salama. A group of Israeli settlers severely beat Habib Kamal Salameh Al-Shuaibi in Buraqin village, west of Salfit, which resulted in bruises throughout his body.

On the twentieth of the same month, a group of settlers stormed the agricultural lands of the village of Barqa, east of Ramallah, and cut down and destroyed a number of fruitful trees in the village and destroyed water tanks owned by Muhannad Yassin.

On the following day, a group of settlers stormed the lands of the citizens near the abandoned Israeli settlement of Homesh, and severely beat Mustafa Mustafa Abu Zaabal, a resident of the village of Al-Mandoomia while he was working on his land, which led to his bruises and theft of his horse and a group of settlers stormed the agricultural lands of the citizens East of the village of Kafa, southeast of Tulkarm, and it removed the fence surrounding the lands of the citizens of the village and caused material damage to a pipeline carrying water in the village, and the settlers erected tents and a caravan near the Israeli outpost located on the lands of Khalat H. D in the Palestinian area of ​​the Jordan Valley in an attempt to control more Palestinian land in the region and annexed to the focus of the settlement.

With the protection of the occupying army, the settlers continued to work on constructing a new bypass road on the lands of the villages of Za'tara and Hawara, "Zaatara Street - Hawara al-Jadid", to link the settlements to the northern West Bank, and to facilitate the movement of settlers within the framework of the Israeli government's plans to promote settlement in the occupied West Bank. Palestinian territories. The length of the bypass road that the settlers are in is about 7 km.

On the 23rd of the same month, a group of settlers attacked the vehicle of Husni and Muwaffaq Naif Silawi with stones while they were traveling near the village of Silat al-Dhahr, south of Jenin Governorate, and smashed the vehicle's windows and seized the vehicle, and an Israeli settler bulldozed the lands of Palestinian citizens between the villages of Rafat and Qalandia northwest of the city Occupied Jerusalem and tried to cultivate and fence it, and the settlers erected a settlement road and erected a number of "barracks" settlement in the lands of Khallet an-Nahla, south of Bethlehem governorate, and a group of settlers attacked the citizen, Muheib Fathi Daraghmeh Conscious of his cows in the Ain al-Hilweh area of ​​the Jordan Valley, and a group of settlers living in the Yitzhar settlement attacked Palestinian homes in the village of Madama, south of Nablus.

On the twenty-fourth, a group of settlers assaulted citizens in the village of Umm Safa, northwest of Ramallah, with sharp tools while they were working on the ground. The settlers also allowed their calves to sabotage and destroy the agricultural lands of the citizens in the village. The settlers also attacked a Palestinian house in the village of Barqa, north of Nablus, owned by Muhannad Muhammad Hajjah, and caused damages to it.

On the next day, settlers destroyed 40 vine trees and 10 olive trees in the "Sahel Al-Rajm" area in the village of Al-Khader, south of Bethlehem, belonging to Hisham Mohammed.

On the twenty-eighth, settlers in the outpost attacked the hafs of the Palestinian village of Al-Tuwani in Musafir Yatta, south of Hebron, and threw stones at the residents and cattle herders, and the settlers cut about 300 olive trees in the Al-Qanoub area, near the Israeli settlement of “Asfar-Mtsad” which belongs Citizen Samir Abed Al-Shalaldeh. A group of settlers assaulted Palestinian citizen Munther Abu Alia from Al-Mughair village, northeast of Ramallah, and smashed the windows of his vehicle.

On the thirtieth of March 2020, settlers erected three settlement tents in the Jaljil region in the wadi of Tuqu 'east of Bethlehem, and bulldozed about 4 dunums of Palestinian citizens' land between the villages of Jalud and Qaryut, south of Nablus, planted with olive trees located along the settlement of “Shvut Rachel”, and the oldest Israeli settlers living In Ramot settlement, to intimidate Palestinian citizens in the village of Beit Iksa, northwest of occupied Jerusalem, by spitting on the vehicles of citizens entering and leaving the village and street facilities, knowing that the Ramot settlement is one of the settlements that Virus Corona is spreading.

On April 3, a security guard attacked Maon and Karmiel settlements with his vehicle, sheep belonging to Palestinian citizens in Musafer Yatta, south of Hebron, and ran over a number of them, and fled the scene of the attack. The ownership of the sheep belongs to Suleiman Al Hathalin from the village of Umm al-Khair, and the next day, settlers stormed the lands of the Wadi al-Rababah neighborhood, which are threatened to seize them in Silwan, in the occupied city of Jerusalem, and carried out provocative tours in the lands of the neighborhood.

On the fifth of April, three settlers stabbed the Palestinian citizen, Majed Al-Fasfous, in the head with sharp machines, and severely wounded him while working in West Jerusalem. The settlers also sprayed pepper gas indiscriminately towards the phosphorous, which led to it falling to the ground. The settlers also stabbed him in the back and tried to stab him in the neck, and the settler groups prevented Palestinian farmers in the town of Tuqu ', southeast of Bethlehem, from accessing their lands in the "Qanan Sfeir" area in order to prepare them for the new agricultural season, as the settlers intercepted the path of a number of Palestinian farmers In the village, they prevented them from reaching their lands.

The settlers in the Gush Etzion settlement blew with wastewater in the town of Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, in the occupied West Bank. The settlers pumped wastewater into the agricultural lands and drowned several dunums planted with grapes in the area known as "Wadi Shekhit", which belongs to a number of Palestinian families in the town, including the families of Sabarna, Awad and Bahr.

On the sixth of the same month, a group of Israeli settlers attacked a Palestinian house belonging to Zaidan Al-Sharabati in the Al-Shuhada Street area, in the center of Hebron, in the south of the occupied West Bank. The settlers sneaked to the roof of the house where the Sharbati family lived, messed with water tanks, and hoisted the Israeli flag on them.

The next day, a group of heavily armed settlers kidnapped two Palestinian citizens from the village of Copper, northwest of Ramallah, and beat them while plowing their land. The settlers attacked Samir Zebar, and kidnapped his sons Abdel Fattah and Mahmoud.

The report concluded by saying that in light of the world’s preoccupation in facing the Corona pandemic and declaring a state of emergency in the occupied Palestinian territories, settlers are intensifying their settlement activities and worshiping Palestinian citizens and their properties, while the occupation army forces are silent towards most of the attacks carried out by settlers, where no measures are taken Punitive of the settlers ’right to attack the Palestinians, and certainly the settlers’ attacks have increased dramatically in the past years, because there is no deterrent that prevents these settlers from committing crimes against the Palestinians.

The life of the Palestinians is almost a large group of attacks and daily violations carried out by the settlers against them. The Palestinian citizen has become unable to protect himself from the oppression of the settlers, and the daily threat against his life and properties has become moment by moment, which has had major negative effects on all aspects of life.


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