News ID: 317133
Published: 0218 GMT October 16, 2021

Israelis attack Palestinian olive farmers, anti-settlement protesters in West Bank

Israelis attack Palestinian olive farmers, anti-settlement protesters in West Bank

Young Palestinians are confronting Israeli soldiers during an anti-settlement rally in the village of Beit Dajan, south of Nablus, the occupied West Bank, on October 15, 2021.

A group of Palestinian farmers harvesting their olive trees in the occupied West Bank were attacked by around 30 Israeli settlers, according to Wafa, the official Palestinian news agency.

The Friday attack, which left four people injured, began when Israeli settlers descended from a nearby settlement, hurling stones and spraying pepper spray at Palestinian olive pickers near the town of Salfit in the central West Bank, Press TV reported.

The settlers smashed cars and stole olives, as well as some of the belongings of one of the female pickers, the news agency said, quoting Youssef Hammouda, a local farmer.

Settler attacks on Palestinians and their olive tree groves are common during the autumn harvesting season.

Over the years, Israel has unfailingly demolished Palestinian homes, claiming that the structures have been built without legal permits, which are nearly impossible to obtain.

In June, Israeli forces and settlers raided the Bedouin village of Al-Araqib in the Negev region with bulldozers and destroyed every single Palestinian house for the 189th time, making dozens of its residents homeless and many injured.

Israel has on several occasions ordered the Palestinian owners to raze down their own homes or shell out demolition costs to the local municipality.

More than 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Al-Quds.

All the settlements are illegal under international law. The United Nations Security Council has condemned Israel’s settlement activities in the occupied territories in several resolutions.


Attacks in Nablus


At least 44 Palestinians were injured south of Nablus in the occupied West Bank after Israeli troops attacked protest rallies to condemn the regime's settlement activities, which are illegal under international law.

The clashes occurred on Friday, when Israeli soldiers attacked anti-settlement rallies, mainly by young Palestinians, in Beita town and the village of Beit Dajan, Wafa reported.

According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, 41 suffered respiratory problems due to inhalation of tear gas, one received wounds from rubber-coated bullets, and two of the protesters were injured by falling while the occupation forces were chasing the young demonstrators.

The town of Beita and the village of Beit Dajan have been witnessing peaceful anti-settlement rallies on a daily basis for months to protest against the planned expansion of an Israeli settlement.

After former US President Donald Trump took office in December 2016, Israel stepped up its settlement expansion in defiance of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334, which pronounces settlements in the West Bank and East Al-Quds “a flagrant violation under international law.”

Palestinians want the West Bank as part of a future independent Palestinian state with East Al-Quds as its capital.



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