In yet another provocative move, Israeli forces have razed agricultural lands in the village of Bruqeen near occupied Salfeet in the occupied West Bank, in order to confiscate the land and pave the way for the expansion of the adjacent Israeli settlement known as Bruchin. Palestinians say the Israeli army is trying to displace more Palestinians from their homes and lands make it easier for further land confiscations.
Meanwhile, a group of Israeli settlers have chopped down dozens of olive trees in the village of Sisiya south of Hebron al-Khalil, Palestinian human rights organizations say this part of the systematic sabotage of Palestinian lands and properties.
Settler violence against Palestinians and their property is commonplace but it is rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities. Over 750,000 Israeli settlers are living in settlements across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in contravention of international law.
Tel Aviv is imposing a de facto status on the ground. On the one hand Israeli settlers sabotage Palestinian farms and properties and on the other hand, the Israeli army grabs these lands and expands Tel Aviv’s illegal settlements. Palestinians say that Israel exerts all efforts just to broaden its control on the occupied territories.