Settlers set up tent as nucleus for new settlement west of Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, Israeli settlers Tuesday morning set up a tent on a plot of land belonging to the villagers of Battir, located to the west of Bethlehem city, according to a local source.
Director of the Bethlehem Office of the Anti-Wall and Settlements Commission, Hassan Breijieh, told WAFA that a group of settlers set up a tent on a plot of land, known as al-Khammar, northeast of the town, as a prelude to seize it to serve as the nucleus of a new colonial settlement outpost.
Breijieh added that the area has become s frequent target for settler intrusions and violations, including setting up caravans and constructing settler-only roads.
There are over 700,000 Israeli settlers living in colonial settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Israel’s nation-state law that passed last July stated that building and strengthening the settlements is a “national interest.”

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA)

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