Settlers are attempting to seise yet more Palestinian lands.
Israeli settlers have established a new outpost northwest of Jericho, in the occupied West Bank’s east.
The settlers, from the Hilltop Youth, an extremist settler grouping, have erected tents in the mountainous area outside Jericho, near the beginning of the al-Ma‘arjat road which leads to the city. They brought water tanks, sheep, and cows, according to what is known as “agricultural settlement.”
Through the establishment of such outposts, the settlers aim to expand the lands they control in this particular region, and to throttle the life of the Palestinian Bedouin and their sheep grazing there.
According to international law, any new settlements in the lands occupied since 1967 are unlawful.
Between January to November of last year, the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Occupied Territories has recorded 427 attacks by settlers in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, or al-Quds as it is known in Arabic.
Data from non-governmental Israeli organisations indicates that there are approximately 666,000 settlers across 145 large settlements and 140 outposts throughout the occupied West Bank, including al-Quds.