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While millions of people in Israel and the West Bank are under lockdown, state-backed settler violence continues unabated. Settlers are attacking Palestinian shepherds in pastureland and entering villages, attacking residents and destroying their property. Despite the coronavirus crisis, the escalated violence has continued in recent weeks.

July 2021

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Susiya, South Hebron Hills: Settlers stone shepherds on village land

On the afternoon of 22 July 2021, about six settlers stoned several Palestinians who were grazing their flocks on village land. The shepherds were forced to move away from the area, for fear they would be harmed.

The settlement of Susiya was established about 200 meters away from the pastureland of Khirbet Susiya.

The Israeli military expelled the residents of Khirbet Susiya from their village in 1986 and they relocated to their farmland. Since then, the military and the settlers have been trying to drive them out of there, too.

February 2021

11

Masafer Yatta, South Hebron Hills: Settlers attack shepherd and stone residents coming to her aid

On Thursday morning, 11 February 2021, Fatima a-Nawaj’ah (45), a resident of Khirbet Susiya, was grazing her flock on pastureland about 500 meters south of her village. Suddenly, the security coordinator of the settlement of Susiya arrived and ordered her to leave the area. When she refused, he returned to the settlement. At that point, two settlers arrived and began throwing stones at her from a position near a military tower, where a soldier was posted on that day. Several residents who heard a-Nawaj’ah’s cries for help came to the scene, but the two settlers managed to escape. Minutes later, five more settlers showed up from the settlement's direction and started throwing stones at the residents using slingshots, causing the latter to flee the area along with a-Nawaj’ah.  

The residents called the Israeli police, which arrived after the settlers had left the area. The officers suggested that the residents file a complaint, and one of them went to the police station in Kiryat Arba and filed a complaint.  

The settlement of Susiya was established about 200 meters away from the pastureland of Khirbet Susiya.

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The barley fields plowed in Khirbet Susiya, Masafer Yatta, 2 Feb. 2021. Photo by Nasser Nawaj’ah, B’Tselem
The barley fields plowed in Khirbet Susiya, Masafer Yatta, 2 Feb. 2021. Photo by Nasser Nawaj’ah, B’Tselem

Masafer Yatta: Settlers uproot pine seedlings and raze barley fields

On 2 February 2021, members of the Nawaj’ah family, who reside in Khirbet Susiya in the South Hebron Hills, discovered that settlers had uprooted and stolen 10 pine seedlings. They also razed about 8 dunams [1 dunam = 1,000 sq. meters] of sown barely fields.

The settlement outpost of Nof Nesher was established about 200 meters south of the plot, and the settlement outpost of Mitzpe Yair was established about 1.5 kilometers from it.

August 2020

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Israeli military continues to escort settlers invading Khirbet Susiya to harass residents

On 2 August 2020, at around 2:00 P.M., about 15 Israeli settlers escorted by four soldiers once again invaded the Palestinian community of Khirbet Susiya in the South Hebron Hills and roamed its land as they pleased. About eight residents of the community tried drive the settlers out, but the soldiers – with four more soldiers who arrived as backup – refused to remove them and remained there with the settlers until nightfall.
 
The military expelled the residents of Khirbet Susiya from their village in 1986 and they relocated to their farmland. Since then, the military and settlers have been trying to drive them out of there, too.

June 2020

12

Khirbet Susiya, South Mt. Hebron: Israeli settlers invade the village and harass residents; soldiers refuse to remove them

On Friday morning, 12 June 2020, at around 9:00 A.M., dozens of settlers entered the Palestinian village of Khirbet Susiya. They began wandering among the houses and harassing the residents. After about a half an hour, soldiers arrived at the scene. They treated the residents dismissively and refused to remove the settlers. Only after some 15 Palestinian activists and residents began marching in protest towards the settlement of Susiya, did the soldiers remove the settlers from the village.

The military expelled the residents of Khirbet Susiya from their village in 1986 and they relocated to their farmland. Since then, the military and settlers have trying to drive them out of there, too.

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