On Wednesday, illegal Israeli colonizers attacked a Palestinian Bedouin community near Kisan village, east of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, causing damage and injuring an elder and his son.
Local nonviolent activist against the illegal colonialist activities, Ahmad Ghazal, said the colonizers came from the illegal Ma’ale Amos outpost, built on stolen Palestinian lands.
He added that the Israeli assailants attacked shepherds and the dwellings and injured Ali Yousef Obeyyat, 70, and his son Jihad before Palestinian medics rushed them to a hospital in Bethlehem.
Kisan and its surrounding areas have been subject to escalating Israeli violations targeting the shepherds, farmers, and their lands, and included firing at them, physically assaulting them, stealing their livestock, and uprooting farmlands, in addition to the theft of thousands of Dunams of Palestinian lands for the illegal colonialist activities.
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.”