Armed Settlers Take Over Land near Bethlehem

12:00 May 12 2012 Al-Khader (Khidr), Ein al-Qassis area

BETHLEHEM, May 12, 2012 (WAFA) – A group of settlers Saturday took over Palestinian-owned land in the town of al-Khader, south of Bethlehem, according to a local activist.

Coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements Ahmad Salah told WAFA that a number of settlers took over six dunums of land west of al-Khader.

He said that the land owner was shocked to find one Israeli settler in his land plowing it in order to plant it. He tried to enter his land but the settler threatened him.

Salah pointed out that the same settler took over 300 dunums a while ago, unleashed vicious dogs at farmers, stole their equipments and poured waste water on the crops.



Settlers Pinch Palestinian Farmlands Near Bethlehem

by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies

A group of armed extremist Israeli settlers occupied at gunpoint privately-owned Palestinian farmland that belongs to a resident of Al-Khader city, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem.

Coordinator of the Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements in Al-Khader, Ahmad Salah, stated that a settler, known as Hanania, and several armed settlers who accompanied him, occupied 6 Dunams of farmland west of Al-Khader.

The land, located in Ein Al-Qassis area, belongs to resident Mohammad Mustafa Ghneim.

Salah stated that when Ghneim went to his land on Saturday morning, he found “Hanania” in his land preventing him from entering it, and told him that “this land is now his own property”, and threatened to shoot Ghneim should he return to the land. Hanania even ploughed the land and was preparing to plant it.

Hanania and his armed companions are believed to be behind several attacks against the residents and their lands, and previously grabbed more than 300 Dunams of farmland that mostly belong to Sbeih family, the WAFA News Agency reported.

The settlers are also behind attacks that included releasing fierce dogs that bit several farmers, and also repeatedly stole agricultural equipment in addition to flooding farmlands was waste-water.
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