Pictures| ‘Israel’ forces Jerusalemite to self-demolish his three commercial stores

Israeli occupation authorities forced a Palestinian man to self-demolish his three commercial stores in Jabal al-Mukabber neighborhood, south of the occupied city of Jerusalem

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli occupation authorities on Tuesday night forced a Palestinian youth to self-demolish his three commercial stores in Jabal al-Mukabber neighborhood, south of the occupied city of Jerusalem, under the pretext of building without a permit.

Last night, the Jerusalemite Malek Khalayla self-demolished his three commercial stores in the Jabal al-Mukabber, at the order of the Israeli occupation municipality, under the pretext of building without a permit.

Khalayla was seen last night emptying the stores of its contents before self-demolishing them.

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The occupation municipality ordered him to self-demolish the stores or he had to pay an exorbitant fine of the demolition costs to the municipality if it carries out the demolition.

In the early morning hours of Wednesday, the occupation forces demolished another family’s house, the Salhiya family, after raiding their house in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem, violently arresting and assaulting family members.

Using the pretext of illegal building, ‘Israel’ demolishes houses and structures on a regular basis to restrict Palestinian expansion in occupied Jerusalem.

At the same time, the Israeli occupation municipality and the occupation government built tens of thousands of housing units in illegal settlements in occupied East Jerusalem for Jews with a goal to offset the demographic balance in favour of the Israeli settlers in the occupied city.

‘Israel’ has been moving its citizens into the occupied Jerusalem neighbourhoods since the 1980s. This has resulted in numerous human rights violations, including the forced displacement of Palestinian residents and home demolitions.

Hundreds of Palestinian families are being threatened with forced displacement and house demolitions by illegal settler groups, fully supported by the Israeli government.

There are nearly 700,000 Israeli settlers living in 256 illegal settlements and outposts scattered across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.

The Israeli court had previously rejected many appeals filed by the residents of Jerusalem to stop demolitions and forced displacement.

During the year of 2021, according to the Jerusalem Affairs Ministry, Israeli forces demolished over 173 Palestinian-owned structures in Jerusalem and issued over 200 demolition orders against houses.

(Source / 19.01.2022)

500 Palestinian administrative detainees continue to boycott Israeli Military Courts for 19th day

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Nearly 500 Palestinian administrative detainees in Israeli prisons have been boycotting Israeli Military Courts for the 19th day in a row, in protest of their indefinite detention without charges or trial.

The Palestinian prisoner advocacy groups said that in protest against their administrative detention without charges or trial by the Israeli occupation authorities, 500 Palestinian administrative detainees have been boycotting the Israeli Military Courts since January 1, 2022. Among the 500 administrative detainees are 3 minors and one female.

The boycott includes the initial hearings to uphold the administrative detention order, as well as appeal hearings and later sessions at the Supreme Court.

Under the banner, “Our decision is freedom … no to administrative detention,” administrative detainees said in a statement their move comes as a continuation of longstanding Palestinian efforts “to put an end to the unjust administrative detention practiced against our people by the occupation forces”.

They also noted that Israel’s use of the policy has expanded in recent years to include women, children and elderly people.

“Israeli military courts are an important aspect for the occupation in its system of oppression,” the detainees said, describing the courts as a “barbaric, racist tool that has consumed hundreds of years from the lives of our people under the banner of administrative detention, through nominal and fictitious courts – the results of which are predetermined by the military commander of the region”.

Since March 2002, the number of Palestinians in administrative detention has never fallen below 100.

According to the Palestinian prisoner advocacy groups, there are now 4,600 Palestinians held in Israeli occupation jails, including 34 women, 160 minors, and 500 administrative detainees held without charge or trial.

The groups said in a recently-issued report that during the year of 2021, ‘Israel’ issued 1,595 administrative detention orders against the Palestinians while 1,114 administrative detention orders were issued in 2020.

The director of the Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, attorney Sahar Francis, told Haaretz that “the authorities of the occupation are not honoring the limitations that international law has set on imposing administrative detentions and they are being done arbitrarily, something that is a war crime according to the occupation laws.”

According to Francis, the decision to boycott the legal system was made after many efforts were made to battle the administrative detention policy, including hunger strikes led by a few prisoners in recent months.

(Source / 19.01.2022)

In overnight raid, Israeli forces demolish 18-member Palestinian family house in Jerusalem

Debris from the Salhiya family house in Sheikh Jarrah after it was demolished by Israeli occupation forces

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces demolished house of the Palestinian family of Salhiya after raiding their house in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem in the early morning hours of Wednesday, violently arresting and assaulting family members.

Local sources and family members said that around 3am local time, a large number of Israeli police units, including counter-terrorism and riot police forces accompanied with bulldozers, raided the Salhiya house.

Yasmin Salhiya, a resident of the house and daughter of the owner Mahmoud Salhiya, said that the large Israeli force had cut off electricity from the house as they raided it, and started firing tear gas to block everyone’s vision.

The forces then attacked the family and arrested five of its members, including Mahmoud. Among the assaulted were a nine-year-old daughter of Mahmoud and her aunt.

Also, over 22 supporters who were camping inside the property in solidarity with the family were also assaulted and arrested by the forces.

The forces separated everyone that was there and started beating the youths before arresting them in the jeeps and taking them away.

The owner of the house was asleep when they arrested him and they didn’t let him put a jacket or shoes on, despite the heavy rains and cold temperatures.

The forces then started emptying the house and then started firing rubber-coated metal bullets at journalists and supporters who were outside the house.

They also prevented the ambulances from accessing the site and reaching the wounded family members.

The Israeli bulldozers then started demolishing the house, finishing the demolition three hours later and leaving the house in ruins while the family’s possessions were seen scattered on the ground.

On Monday morning, the Israeli forces also attempted to forcibly displaced the Salhiya family from its house. They raided the area and demolished five businesses Mahmoud owned.

However, Mahmoud refused to obey the order of the Israeli occupation municipality and threatened to set himself and the house on fire, in opposition to the forced displacement.

Hours later, the Israeli forces left the area after demolishing five businesses owned by Mahmoud.

The Salhiya family was displaced from its house in the west Jerusalem neighborhood of Ein Karem in 1948 during the ethnic cleansing of the village.

They bought a new house in the 1950s in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, over a decade before ‘Israel’ occupied and annexed the area.

Eighteen people lived on the property in two adjacent houses, including Mahmoud, his wife and children, his mother and his sister’s family. The whole family is made up of 9 children.

The family was offered by the occupation municipality an eight-month extension to convince them to sign a paper stating that they would become a tenant of the house, but they refused.

The family also said that the battle to keep its house had cost them around NIS 600,000 (about $ 190,000) in fines, the cost of filing cases and appointing lawyers.

More than 500 Palestinians living in 28 houses in the neighborhood are also threatened with forced displacement by settler organizations supported by the Israeli occupation government.

(Source / 19.01.2022)

HRW: Israel’s demolition of Palestinian family house in Sheikh Jarrah is “war crime”

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Human Rights Watch denounced on Wednesday Israel’s demolition of Palestinian family house and forcibly displacing its 18 members, saying these are “war crimes” and “Perpetrators should be prosecuted and sanctioned.”

The New York-based rights group director in Palestine, Omar Shakir, said that Israel’s demolition of the house of the Palestinian family of Salhiya after raiding their house in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem on Wednesday and forcibly displacing its members “are war crimes. This is what apartheid and persecution looks like.”

“Perpetrators should be prosecuted and sanctioned. End Complicity. Save Sheikh Jarrah,” the HRW director said in a statement he tweeted on Wednesday.

“The Salhiyehs were expelled from their home in Ein Kerem during the Nakba in 1948 and are barred under Israeli law from reclaiming it.”

“These cruel acts turn the Salhiyehs into two-time refugees. This is what apartheid and persecution looks like. Perpetrators of these crimes against humanity should be prosecuted and sanctioned. Complicity in them should end.”

Under the cover of darkness, Israeli forces forcibly expelled a Palestinian family & demolished their home. @hrw responds: These are war crimes. This is what apartheid & persecution looks like. Perpetrators should be prosecuted & sanctioned. End Complicity. #SaveSheikhJarrah.

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Israeli occupation forces demolished Salhiya family house after raiding their house in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem in the early morning hours of Wednesday, violently arresting and assaulting family members.

Local sources and family members said that around 3am local time, a large number of Israeli police units, including counter-terrorism and riot police forces accompanied with bulldozers, raided the Salhiya house.

Yasmin Salhiya, a resident of the house and daughter of the owner Mahmoud Salhiya, said that the large Israeli force had cut off electricity from the house as they raided it, and started firing tear gas to block everyone’s vision.

The forces then attacked the family and arrested five of its members, including Mahmoud. Among the assaulted were a nine-year-old daughter of Mahmoud and her aunt.

Also, over 22 supporters who were camping inside the property in solidarity with the family were also assaulted and arrested by the forces.

The forces separated everyone that was there and started beating the youths before arresting them in the jeeps and taking them away.

The owner of the house was asleep when they arrested him and they didn’t let him put a jacket or shoes on, despite the heavy rains and cold temperatures.

The forces then started emptying the house and then started firing rubber-coated metal bullets at journalists and supporters who were outside the house.

They also prevented the ambulances from accessing the site and reaching the wounded family members.

The Israeli bulldozers then started demolishing the house, finishing the demolition three hours later and leaving the house in ruins while the family’s possessions were seen scattered on the ground.

On Monday morning, the Israeli forces also attempted to forcibly displaced the Salhiya family from its house. They raided the area and demolished five businesses Mahmoud owned.

However, Mahmoud refused to obey the order of the Israeli occupation municipality and threatened to set himself and the house on fire, in opposition to the forced displacement.

Photos | The Salhiya family in the occupied #Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah set fire at the entrance to their home and threaten to blow up the home using gasoline and gas cylinders in the event of their forceful expulsion by the occupation authorities.

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Hours later, the Israeli forces left the area after demolishing five businesses owned by Mahmoud.

The Salhiya family was displaced from its house in the west Jerusalem neighborhood of Ein Karem in 1948 during the ethnic cleansing of the village.

They bought a new house in the 1950s in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, over a decade before ‘Israel’ occupied and annexed the area.

Eighteen people lived on the property in two adjacent houses, including Mahmoud, his wife and children, his mother and his sister’s family. The whole family is made up of 9 children.

The family was offered by the occupation municipality an eight-month extension to convince them to sign a paper stating that they would become a tenant of the house, but they refused.

The family also said that the battle to keep its house had cost them around NIS 600,000 (about $ 190,000) in fines, the cost of filing cases and appointing lawyers.

More than 500 Palestinians living in 28 houses in the neighborhood are also threatened with forced displacement by settler organizations supported by the Israeli occupation government.

(Source / 19.01.2022)

Grieving crowd takes part in funeral of 65-year-old Palestinian Al-Haj Suliman al-Hathalin

Palestinians participate in funeral of 65-year-old Palestinian anti-occupation Al-Haj Suliman al-Hathalin

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Thousands of grieving Palestinian mourners participated on Tuesday in the funeral procession of 65-year-old Palestinian anti-occupation Al-Haj Suliman al-Hathalin, who was recently run over and critically injured by an Israeli truck in the village of Umm al-Khair and succumbed to his wounds yesterday.

Thousands of Palestinians were seen participating in the Al-Haj Suliman’s funeral earlier today which took place in the village of Umm al-Khair.

The mourners were holding the flags of Palestine and chanting slogans mourning Al-Haj Suliman and his steadfastness.

Thousands of Palestinians take part in the funeral procession of slain anti-occupation activist and icon Haj Suleiman Hathalin, 65, in Masafer Yatta area, south of the occupied West Bank.

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On Monday morning, Al-Haj Suliman al-Hathalin, from the Palestinian community of Umm al-Khair in the Masafer Yatta, died of wounds he sustained earlier this month after he was badly injured when he was run over by a truck that was towing a Palestinian-owned vehicle confiscated by the Israeli occupation authorities.

Al-Haj Suliman was taken to a hospital in Hebron after he was critically injured. However, he was in a serious condition and was in an induced coma, on a ventilator, after he had surgery to stop a brain hemorrhage.

He also had fractures in his skull, spine, chest and pelvic area and the doctors were fighting for his life, as local sources said.

Al-Haj Suliman has been known as a slender, elderly man who gives every visitor to the community a passionate history lesson, complete with maps and aerial photographs showing the historical presence of Palestinians there and how the illegal settlement of Carmel, established right next to the community, has taken over their land.

Just a stone’s throw away from the village is the Israeli settlement of Carmel, built in the 1980s on land belonging to the al-Hathalins, its lush gardens, electricity and piped water, standing in stark contrast with the barrenness of Umm al-Khair, where the community is forced to live off the grid and buy tanks of water at exorbitant prices.

The community has faced a constant threat of displacement ever since the settlement was built and it continues to expand on to their land.

Masafer Yatta is one of the most remote and sparsely populated areas of the occupied West Bank – completely in Area C, and under full Israeli military and civil control.

Seventeen small Palestinian villages are included in the area with a population of approximately 1,100.

Israeli settlers began constructing settlements in the area in the 1980s and there are now more than a dozen settlements and outposts there, as well as Israeli military installations.

Residents of Umm al-Khair and surrounding villages nonviolently resist Israeli settler violence and military occupation, by continuing to live on and work their land.

(Source / 18.01.2022)

Israeli forces arrest over 40 Palestinians, including minors, in Al-Naqab

Israeli occupation forces arrest a Palestinian girl from the Al-Naqab during protests against Israel’s bulldozing works in lands of the Al-Naqab

Al-Naqab (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces arrested over 40 indigenous Palestinians, including minors, after raiding several villages in the Al-Naqab desert, south of 1948-occupied Palestine, at the dawn of Tuesday, on the grounds of the recent protests against Israel’s bulldozing works in their lands.

Local sources reported that earlier today, well-armed Israeli occupation soldiers stormed several villages of the Al-Naqab desert, including al-Zarnouq, Abu Talul, Tel as-Sabi and Khashim Zanh, and arrested over 40 Palestinians, including minors, on the grounds of participating in the recent protests against Israel’s bulldozing and demolition works in their lands.

10-year-old Palestinian Bedouin Amer is one of over 40 indigenous Palestinians arrested by the Israelis in the Naqab province, south of 1948-occupied Palestine, during the recent protests against Israeli apartheid.

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Since the start of the protests, the Israeli forces arrested over 140 Palestinians from the Al-Naqab.

Last night, the forces also arrested 7 Palestinian youths, including 5 minors, from the al-Zarnouq village.

Last week, hundreds of peaceful Palestinian protesters took part in a large demonstration in several villages of the Al-Naqab against Israel’s repeated demolition and bulldozing works in their lands.

The Higher Follow Up Committee of Arabs in the Naqab, a local umbrella body that represents Palestinians in the area, announced a general strike in response to Israel’s demolitions.

“We took the decision to undertake proactive measures, beginning with adopting a cumulative resistance programme over a period of six months that will lead to a regional general strike and a massive demonstration outside the prime minister’s office, and the internationalisation of the issue to expose the racist practices [of Israeli authorities] before international institutions,” the committee said in a statement.

The general strike was announced in villages facing the threat of Israeli demolition including al-Atrash, al-Sawa, al-Zarnouq, al-Ruwais, Beir Haddaj and Khirbet Watan.

However, the Israeli occupation forces stormed the Palestinian villages in the Al-Naqab desert and started violently attacking and arresting the peaceful protesters who gathered to denounce the demolition work.

The Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs directly and intensively towards the protesters to disperse them, resulting in the suffocation of dozens of them due to gas inhalation. They also used skunk water cannons to disperse the nonviolent protesters.

Israeli occupation forces attacked peaceful Palestinian protesters demonstrating against Israeli apartheid in the village of Al-Atrash in the Al-Naqb desert, south of 1948-occupied Palestine.

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This all started on January 9, when the Jewish National Fund (JNF) began several days of the so-called “planting trees” on disputed land in the Al-Naqab.

For over three days, the Israeli bulldozers carried out demolitions on lands of local Bedouins used for cultivation.

The forces closed off the villages and prevented the residents from entering their lands. Thus, the Palestinian residents moved their protests to the entrance of the villages.

The Israeli demolitions in al-Naqab are part of a controversial Israeli plan, led by the JNF, to plant trees in the region.

Last month, Israeli forces attacked Palestinians in six villages: al-Mashash, al-Zarnouq, Bier al-Hamam, al-Ruwais, al-Gharaa, and Khirbet Watan, destroying crops and excavating soil.

The JNF and the Israel Land Authority (ILA) were planning to plant hundreds of trees on lands from the six Bedouin villages, which had all received demolition orders and faced the displacement of thousands of residents “in the name of developing the area.”

‘Israel’ has used the forestation projects as a tactic for land grabs and to prevent Palestinians from returning to lands from which they have been displaced.

The residents say that such policies are an attempt to pressure them into being internally displaced despite Bedouins having lived on or near these lands prior to Israel’s establishment in 1948.

There are almost 100,000 Palestinians live in 35 Bedouin villages in the Al-Naqab and are all unrecognized by the Israeli occupation government who views the Bedouin residents of these villages as illegal squatters and does not provide them with basic services or infrastructure, including electricity, water, sewage systems, roads, schools or hospitals.

The Israeli occupation government considers those Palestinian villages “unrecognised,” and therefore they are under threat of demolition.

(Source / 18.01.2022)

Video| Israeli forces arrest two Palestinian schoolchildren after raiding school in Ramallah

Ramallah (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces arrested two Palestinian students on Tuesday morning after raiding their school and attacking teachers in the village of Deir Nidham, north of Ramallah in the center of the occupied West Bank.

Local sources said that Israeli occupation soldiers arrested two Palestinian students, identified as Ramez al-Tamimi and Ahmad al-Tamimi, from their classroom after raiding their school and attacking the teachers who tried to prevent the soldiers from arresting the children and confront the raid.

The video footage of the arrest moments shows the occupation soldiers blindfolding the two students while sitting them on the ground in the extremely cold weather.

Israeli occupation forces arrest two #Palestinian children during a raid into their school in the village of Deir Nidham in the center of the occupied West Bank.

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Israeli forces’ attacks against Palestinian students has increased lately and such attacks on schools and other education-related incidents, including attacks on educational personnel, threats of attacks, military use of schools, and other interferences with education, significantly impacted Palestinian children’s right to access education.

Sometimes, Parents are forced to drive their children to and from school every day because they are scared of their children being hurt or arrested by the Israeli occupation soldiers.

The schoolchildren are also forced to take alternative routes through villages fields to get home as Israeli soldiers patrol the main roads.

In 2019, the United Nations documented 257 education-related incidents in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip that impacted children’s right to access education.

Palestinian children living under Israeli military occupation in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip are routinely denied many rights: right to life, right to education, right to adequate housing, and are denied access to healthcare, among other rights denials inherent in a decades-long Israeli military occupation with no end in sight.

(Source / 18.01.2022)

BREAKING| Israeli forces shoot dead Palestinian man south of Bethlehem

Bethlehem (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces shot dead a Palestinian young man on Monday at Gush Etzion junction, south of the city of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank.

The occupation forces at the main junction outside the illegal settlement bloc of Gush Etzion opened gunfire at the young Palestinian man, who has not been identified yet, killing him.

Israeli media claimed that the young man was shot for allegedly trying to carry out a stabbing attack.

The video footage of the shooting moments shows that the man posed no threat to the Israeli forces. However, they shot him before leaving him bleeding to death on the ground.

(Source / 17.01.2022)

Israeli authorities forcibly displace Palestinian family from house in Sheikh Jarrah

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli occupation authorities on Monday morning forcibly displaced a Palestinian family from its house in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem.

Earlier today, the Israeli occupation forces and municipality staff stormed the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah and forced the Salhiya family to empty their nursery of contents, as a prelude to demolish it and seize the land, claiming that the seizure of the land was in the “public interest” to establish a school there.

The house of the family was also cordoned off by the forces who forcibly displaced the family.

The occupation municipality has ordered the family to leave its house and gave it until January 25 to implement the decision. The family received the order at least three times in four months.

However, Mahmoud, the owner of the house, refused today to obey the order of the municipality and threatened to set himself and the house on fire, in opposition to the forced displacement.

Photos | The Salhiya family in the occupied #Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah set fire at the entrance to their home and threaten to blow up the home using gasoline and gas cylinders in the event of their forceful expulsion by the occupation authorities.

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Hours later, after the occupation forces called in reinforcements as Mahmoud refused to obey the Israeli dispossession order, the family members poured gasoline on their house’s roof and threatened again to set the house on fire.

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The Salhiya family was displaced from its house in the west Jerusalem neighborhood of Ein Karem in 1948 during the ethnic cleansing of the village.

They bought a new house in the 1950s in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, over a decade before ‘Israel’ occupied and annexed the area. The house is inhabited by two families made up of 12 members, including nine children.

The family was offered by the occupation municipality an eight-month extension to convince them to sign a paper stating that they would become a tenant of the house, but they refused.

The family also said that the battle to keep its house had cost them around NIS 600,000 (about $ 190,000) in fines, the cost of filing cases and appointing lawyers.

More than 500 Palestinians living in 28 houses in the neighborhood are also threatened with forced displacement by settler organizations supported by the Israeli occupation government.

(Source / 17.01.2022)

65-year-old Palestinian dies of wounds sustained after being run over by Israeli vehicle

Al-Haj Suliman al-Hathalin, from Palestinian community of Umm al-Khair, defending his land against Israeli threat of displacement

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- 65-year-old Palestinian anti-occupation Al-Haj Suliman al-Hathalin, who was recently run over and critically injured by an Israeli truck in the village of Umm al-Khair, succumbed to his wounds earlier this morning.

The Palestinian Health Ministry announced earlier on Monday that Al-Haj Suliman al-Hathalin, from the Palestinian community of Umm al-Khair in the Masafer Yatta, died of wounds he sustained earlier this month after he was badly injured when he was run over by a truck that was towing a Palestinian-owned vehicle confiscated by the Israeli occupation authorities.

Al-Haj Suliman was taken to a hospital in Hebron after he was critically injured. However, he was in a serious condition and was in an induced coma, on a ventilator, after he had surgery to stop a brain hemorrhage.

He also had fractures in his skull, spine, chest and pelvic area and the doctors were fighting for his life, as local sources said.

Al-Haj Suliman has been known as a slender, elderly man who gives every visitor to the community a passionate history lesson, complete with maps and aerial photographs showing the historical presence of Palestinians there and how the illegal settlement of Carmel, established right next to the community, has taken over their land.

Just a stone’s throw away from the village is the Israeli settlement of Carmel, built in the 1980s on land belonging to the al-Hathalins, its lush gardens, electricity and piped water, standing in stark contrast with the barrenness of Umm al-Khair, where the community is forced to live off the grid and buy tanks of water at exorbitant prices.

The community has faced a constant threat of displacement ever since the settlement was built and it continues to expand on to their land.

Masafer Yatta is one of the most remote and sparsely populated areas of the occupied West Bank – completely in Area C, and under full Israeli military and civil control.

Seventeen small Palestinian villages are included in the area with a population of approximately 1,100.

Israeli settlers began constructing settlements in the area in the 1980s and there are now more than a dozen settlements and outposts there, as well as Israeli military installations.

Residents of Umm al-Khair and surrounding villages nonviolently resist Israeli settler violence and military occupation, by continuing to live on and work their land.

(Source / 17.01.2022)