JORDAN VALLEY, Friday, June 14, 2024 (WAFA) – Israeli colonists today attacked a Palestinian and vandalized his vehicle at al-Jubiya locality in the northern Jordan Valley, according to a local activist.

Mo’taz Bisharat said that a group of colonists assaulted a Palestinian at al-Jubiya locality, smashed the windows and punctured the tires of his vehicle.

He added that the colonists also assaulted several international activists who were at the scene.

The Jordan Valley, which is a fertile strip of land running west along the Jordan River, is home to about 65,000 Palestinians and makes up approximately 30% of the West Bank.

Since 1967, when the Israeli army occupied the West Bank, Israel has transferred at least 11,000 of its Jewish citizens to the Jordan Valley. Some of the colonies in which they live were built almost entirely on private Palestinian land.

The Israel occupation forces have also designated about 46 percent of the Jordan Valley as a closed military zone since the beginning of the occupation in June 1967 and have been utilizing the pretext of military drills to forcefully displace Palestinian families living there as part of a policy of ethnic cleansing and stifling Palestinian development in the area.

Approximately 6,200 Palestinians live in 38 communities in places earmarked for military use and have had to obtain permission from the Israeli authorities to enter and live in their communities.

In violation of international law, the Israeli occupation forces not only temporarily displace the communities on a regular basis, but also confiscate their farmlands, demolish their homes and infrastructure from time to time.

Besides undergoing temporary displacement, the Palestinian families living there face a myriad of restrictions on access to resources and services. Meanwhile, Israel exploits the resources of the area and generates profit by allocating generous tracts of land and water resources for the benefit of settlers.

Israeli politicians have made it clear on several occasions that the highly strategic Jordan Valley would remain under their control in any eventuality.