Army Chases Palestinian Olive Pickers Off their Land near Nablus

NABLUS, November 28, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Saturday chased Palestinian olive pickers off their land in the town of Burin to the south of Nablus, according to an official.

The Director of fieldwork in Rabbis for Human Rights, Zakaria El –Sdeh, informed WAFA that forces chased Palestinians harvesting their olive crops in land situated near Israeli settlements illegally built in the area, following a settlers’ failed attempt to attack farmers.

Meanwhile, a group of Israeli settlers attacked the outskirts of the town of Madama to the south of Nablus. Settlers reportedly threatened Palestinian locals that their fate would be similar to that of the Dawabsheh family and teenager Mohammed Abu Khudair.

On July 31, settlers set fire to the Dawabsheh family’s home, killing the parents and their toddler baby, Ali, and leaving Ahmad, 4, an orphan, whereas Abu Khudair, 17, was kidnapped and burnt to death by settlers in mid 2014.

Settlements are illegal under international law as they violate Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which prohibits the transfer of the occupying power’s civilian population into occupied territory.

Al-Haq human right organization said that, “The illegal Israeli settlement policy of transferring Israeli civilians into occupied territory is directly responsible for creating a hostile environment that puts civilians, both Israeli and Palestinian, in harm’s way.”

Al-Haq stated that, “Attacks by Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank against members of the Palestinian population and their property are an extensive, long-term, and worsening phenomenon.”

Al-Haq has documented a significant increase in incidents of settler violence against the Palestinian population of the West Bank since 2011.