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6 December 2018

Border Police escorting settlers invading al-Mazra'ah al-Qibliyah land fire at residents who clashed with them, killing two and wounding seven

On Friday, 26 Oct, 2018, dozens of settlers tried yet again to invade an archeological site on land belonging to the village of al-Mazra'ah al-Qibliyah, escorted by security forces, as they have done over the last few months. They soon retreated, but clashes between the forces and residents continued. Later, when the forces began to leave, several dozen young men from the village ran after them. When they got close, at least one Border Police officer fired at them, wounding nine, two of whom died afterwards. Settlers frequently invade Palestinian-owned land with security forces’ backup. Yet the lethal outcome of this incident is unusual and defies every letter of the open fire regulations.

6 December 2018

Olive harvest, 2018: Israeli settlers injure Palestinian farmers, harm trees and steal olives

The olive harvest was once a joyful time for Palestinian families. Yet for many years now, it has been taking place under the shadow of landgrab, restrictions on access to land, attacks on harvesters and vandalization of trees. This reality, which forces farmers to abandon their lands, is no accident. It is the outcome of Israeli policy, facilitating the takeover of land to expand settlements or advance other Israeli interests. This year, B’Tselem recorded 2 physical assaults on harvesters and 9 cases of vandalization or crop theft in the Nablus and Ramallah Districts.

22 May 2018

Photo Blog: Life in the shadow of the settlement of Beit El

Over the past six months, B’Tselem carried out a special project documenting how the settlement of Beit El, established in 1977 near al-Jalazun Refugee Camp, affects life in the camp. As part of this project, B’Tselem field researcher Iyad Hadad collected dozens of testimonies from local residents that bring to light different aspects of this impact. The photos below show what life is like in the camp, with its crowded, neglected streets; the absence of children’s playgrounds; settlement homes built right beside the school; and the attempt to lead normal lives in these conditions.
9 May 2018

Plowing season 2018, Ramallah District: Settler violence serves Israel

Settler violence against Palestinians has long since become a part of life under the occupation. During plowing season, the military uses a “coordination system” supposedly meant to allow Palestinians to access their farmland, with soldiers there for protection against settlers. B’Tselem’s research of the season this March in Ramallah District reveals that, as in past years, settlers assaulted Palestinian farmers. In some cases, soldiers were present and did nothing, and in others they joined in. In this way, Israel removes Palestinians from their land, paving the way to land grab.
13 March 2018

Life under shadow of Beit El settlement: Travel restrictions on residents of al-Jalazun R.C.

Al-Jalazun RC, north of Ramallah is home to some 14,000 people. In 1977, the settlement of Beit El was established near the camp, bringing with it permanent military presence and frequent travel restrictions on Road 466, which connects the northern West Bank and the camp to Ramallah. These restrictions affect all camps residents, particularly those needing medical care in Ramallah and those working in the city and nearby al-Birah. Residents of other Palestinian communities north of the camp who also rely on this road are also affected. The true impact, however, cannot be quantified, as residents choose not to leave the camp for non-essential reasons due to the uncertainty the arbitrary blockages bring.
27 February 2018

Adding insult to injury: Israel officially recognizes Gilad Farm settlement outpost after turning blind eye to land seizure and harassment of Palestinians there for 15 years

On 31 Aug. 2018, the Israeli government approved a “new community” on land seized by the settlers at Gilad Farm. The settlement now occupies some 45 hectares of land belonging to residents of the surrounding Palestinian villages. The retroactive approval of settlements on various pretexts, including the killing of a resident, in no way changes their illegality. All the settlements, whether recognized or unofficial, violate international law and violate the human rights of Palestinians in the West Bank.
17 January 2018

Dispossession in the northern Jordan Valley: New settlement outposts as part of the land grab process

Israeli settlers living in new settlement outposts established in the northern Jordan Valley are using violence and threats to take over the pasturelands of longstanding Palestinian communities. The settlers act as the state’s criminal arm in pursuit of the state goals of dispossessing Palestinians in the Jordan Valley of their land and entrenching Israeli control in the area.
20 July 2017

Summer 2017: New movement restrictions in Hebron heighten isolation of Palestinian neighborhoods

Since the 1990s, Israel has implemented a segregation policy in central Hebron, prohibiting Palestinians from driving along – and in some cases even walking on – major streets in the area. In May 2017, these severe restrictions were stepped up. This collective punishment has taken a toll on tens of thousands of Palestinians, preventing them from leading normal lives and making daily routine unbearable. In applying these measures, Israel is effecting a gradual, silent transfer of Palestinians from the heart of Hebron.

21 May 2017

Civil Administration uproots 135 olive trees on privately owned Palestinian land in Wadi Qana – part of Israel’s efforts toward its de facto annexation

On 3 Apr. 2017, the Civil Administration used bulldozers to uproot 135 olive saplings in Wadi Qana, near Qaliqiliyah, on land owned by Palestinians from Deir Istiya. In 1983, the CA declared the valley the Nahal Qana Reserve, and in recent years, Israeli authorities have been pushing to exclude Palestinian farmers from the wadi, and displace them using different practices, while giving settlers free reign. Like elsewhere in the West Bank, declaring land a nature reserve does not serve to protect nature, but to displace Palestinians in favor of Israeli interests.

8 May 2017

Batan al-Hawa: A Threatened Existence

The neighborhood of Batan al-Hawa in the heart of Silwan, East Jerusalem, is the setting for the largest expulsion in recent years in the city, a process supported by the Israeli government and courts. Click on the figures to enter the neighborhood’s story.