Shooting, assaulting, throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at cars and homes, raiding villages, torching structures and fields, vandalizing property and crops: settlers exercise harsh daily violence against Palestinians, with state support, to drive themout of their land. Launched in early 2020, this blog gives voice to the people exposed to this violence. Background on the topic
Qusrah, Nablus District: Settlers break approx. 25 young fruit trees and vandalize property
On 23 July 2021, settlers invaded a plot belonging to Lafy Ziad (60) on the southeastern side of the village, broke about 25 olive, citrus and almond trees, damaged a 50-meter-long metal net, and graffitied the slogan “Price tag” on a water tank.
Qusrah, Nablus District: Settlers escorted by soldiers attack homes in southern part of village and torch chicken coops
Over the course of two days, on 14 and 15 May 2021, dozens of settlers, escorted by about 15 soldiers, came to the southern part of the village, attacking homes with stones and setting fire to four chicken coops belonging to three residents. Dozens of chicks burned to death. The coops and the chicken feed also burned down. The damage to the owners is estimated at hundreds of thousands of shekels. The settlers also set fire to a car parked in the area.
The Palestinian Red Crescent reported that during the clashes that ensued between the soldiers and village residents, 12 residents were injured by live fire and one by rubber-coated metal bullets, and dozens of residents suffered from tear gas inhalation.
This is the second attack by settlers on residents of Qusrah that B’Tselem documented in May: on 2 May 2021, settlers stoned village homes. Residents of Qusrah have been suffering from repeated settler attacks for years, including on their chicken coops.
The settlement outposts of Ahiya and Esh Kodesh were established about 800 meters away from the chicken coops attacked.
Qusrah and Jalud, Nablus District: Settlers escorted by soldiers attack Palestinian homes and cars. Soldiers arrest Jalud residents throwing stones to drive settlers away, on grounds that a stone hit a soldier
On the night of 2 May 2021, dozens of settlers, escorted by soldiers, attacked the eastern neighborhood of the village of Jalud, throwing stones at homes and at parked cars. They shattered the windows of three cars. After residents came out to defend their homes and tried to drive the settlers away by throwing stones, soldiers fired rubber-coated bullets and tear gas canisters at them. Security forces arrested 11 village residents on the pretext that a stone had hit one of the soldiers. The detainees were held overnight at the Binyamin police station and released the following evening.
Later on the same night, settlers attacked the southeastern neighborhood of the nearby village of Qusrah. They hurled stones at homes and in one, shattered several windows, damaged seedlings in the garden and broke the outdoor lighting.
Residents of Jalud and Qusrah have been suffering from repeated settler attacks for years. The settlement outposts of Ahiya and Esh Kodesh were established near the two villages.
Qusrah, Nablus District: Settlers uproot seedlings, pry off door of agricultural structure and spray-paint it
On 28 April 2021, Fathallah Abu Raidah (60), a resident of Qusrah in Nablus District, discovered that settlers had uprooted seedlings he had planted on his land south of the village. The settlers also spray-painted the slogans “Am Israel Chai (Israel Lives),” Muhammad is a pig” and “Revenge” on the walls of an agricultural structure in the plot, in addition to prying off its door.
The residents of Qusrah and of neighboring villages have been suffering from repeated attacks by settlers against them and against their property. The settlement of Migdalim was established northeast of Qusrah, several hundred meters away from the plot in question. The settlement outposts of Esh Kodesh and Ahiya were established about 1.5 kilometers south of the village.
Qusrah, Nablus District: Israeli settlers attack farmers, damage chicken coops and kill over 300 chickens
On 26 Sep. 2020, settlers stoned a family working its land near the village of Qusrah and vandalized 12 olive trees belonging to another family.
They stoned two chicken coops on the outskirts of the village, damaged water container s and pipes – causing the death of over 300 chickens and chicks – and tried unsuccessfully to torch a tractor and a truck.
They were accompanied by soldiers who fired tear gas and rubber-coated metal bullets at villagers who tried to help the victims.
Qusrah, Nablus District: Violent escalation – settlers stone homes, soldiers join in with tear gas and “rubber” bullets
Residents of Qusrah have often experienced the wrath of their “neighbors” from the settlement outpost of Esh-Kodesh, which was established in 2000 about two kilometers from the southern part of the village. Yet even they did not see an attack coming under lockdown, after three residents were diagnosed with coronavirus. The settlers thought otherwise. On Monday afternoon, 6 April 2020, around 4:30 P.M., they began attacking homes in the southern section with stones.
The perpetrators were 12 settlers who came from the direction of the outpost. The homeowners called other residents for help and dozens quickly arrived, chasing the settlers back towards the outpost, which was built, unsurprisingly, on land belonging to the villages of Qusrah and Jalud.
A few minutes later, about five soldiers arrived, followed by the same settlers. The soldiers fired tear-gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets at the residents, and a confrontation ensued that lasted until sundown. Around the time the settlers retreated again towards the outpost, one child from the village was injured by gas inhalation and two adults were hit by rubber-coated metal bullets. All three were treated on site.
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