On Friday, illegal Israeli colonizers attacked a Palestinian shepherd in Kisan village, east of Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank, before Israeli soldiers abducted him instead of removing the assailants.

Local nonviolent activist, Ahmad Ghazal, stated that the colonizers came from the illegal Maale Amos colony, built on stolen Palestinian lands.

He added that the colonizers assaulted Obeidallah Mahmoud Obeyyat, 28, while herding his sheep and maced him with pepper spray.

Ghazal also said that Israeli soldiers arrived at the scene and abducted Obeidallah instead of detaining the colonizers who assaulted him.

It is worth mentioning that Kisan is subject to escalating Israeli violations, including an attack that injured two women, identified as Fatima and Nayfa Obeyyat, two days earlier.

On Thursday, the Israeli government approved the theft of 49,000 dunams (21,000 acres) of Kisan’s land.

On Tuesday evening, a group of illegal Israeli colonizers assaulted an elderly Palestinian man in Kisan, causing various wounds.

All of Israel’s colonies in the occupied West Bank, including those in and around occupied East Jerusalem, are illegal under International Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention, in addition to various United Nations and Security Council resolutions. They also constitute war crimes under International Law.

Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states: “The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.” It also prohibits the “individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory.”