Israeli settlers pitch tent on Palestinian land in West Bank

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WEST BANK, November 21 – Israeli settlers erected on Friday a tent and put water tanks on chunks of Palestinian-owned land in the West Bank village of Jalud in southern Nablus.

Ghassan Daghlas, the Palestinian official in charge of monitoring settlement activity in the northern West Bank, said that the settlers erected the tent and put water tanks on the top of Mount al-Nijma, south of Jalud, before fencing in the area.

The area is a few hundred metres away from a school in the village, Daghlas added, noting that this move would pave the way for Israeli settlers to build a new illegal outpost in the area.

Jalud is located to the southeast of Nablus and is one of the most villages affected by illegal Israeli settlement activity.

Jalud, about 20,000 dunums (2,000 hectares), is surrounded by eight illegal Israeli settlements, which have swallowed up to 16,000 dunums (1,600 hectares) of Palestinian land in the village.

A report by Hamas’ Information Office in the West Bank documented 1,854 violations committed last month by the Israeli occupation against Palestinian citizens and their properties in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.

The report also documented 71 attacks by Israeli settlers against Palestinian citizens and properties and 27 illegal settlement activities, including confiscating and levelling Palestinian land, building roads for Israeli settlers only, and approving the construction of settlement units.