Settlers set up mobile home near Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, Israeli settlers Monday set up a mobile home on a plot of land belonging to the southern West Bank village of Tuqu, east of Bethlehem, said a local activist.

Head of the Bethlehem Office of the Anti-Wall and Settlement Commission Hassan Breijieh told WAFA that a group of settlers stormed a 200-dunum tract of land, located to the east of the village, and set up a mobile home aiming to establish an outpost, under the protection of Israeli forces.

He added that Palestinian landowners fended off the settlers’ attempt to seize their land and produced their title deeds.

Meanwhile, settlers dropped leaflets warning Palestinian villagers against dealing with human rights and anti-settlement activists in Janatah town, southeast of Bethlehem.

Security source and eyewitnesses told WAFA that the leaflets were dropped on Palestinian lands in Um al-Natour area.

The leaflets threatened Palestinian villagers against dealing with human rights and anti-settlement activists, including member of Palestinian Central Council Daoud al-Zeer and member of Janatah Municipal Council Nasri Suleiman.

Al-Zeer said that settlers dropped these leaflets after Palestinian villagers recently fended off a settlers’ attempt to seize Palestinian lands adjacent to the illegal Israeli settlement of Sde Bar.

The number of settlers living in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law has jumped to 834,000 and settlement expansion has tripled since the signing of Oslo Accords in 1993.

All settlements across the West Bank are illegal under international law, particularly article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which establishes that the occupying power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.

Source: Palestinian News and Info Agency