n Sunday, many illegal paramilitary colonizers brought their livestock to graze on Palestinian farmlands in the Ath-Tha’la area in Masafer Yatta, south of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Osama Makhamra, a local nonviolent activist against the illegal colonialist activities, said dozens of colonizers invaded large areas of Palestinian farmlands and brought their livestock to graze on them.

Makhamra added that the farmers planted their lands with summer produce that they use and sell as a main, and in many cases, the only source of income.

He said that Israeli soldiers were present when the colonizers invaded the farmlands in the areas of Zweidin, Fateh Sadra, Al-Ein Al-Baida, Hilal Al-Adra, Samra, Al-Qweiwis, Maghayir Al-Abeed, and all areas near the illegal colonies of Karmiel, Ma’on, Avigal, Hever and Mitzpe Yair, built on stolen Palestinian lands in Masafer Yatta.

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.”