Zionist Ethnic Cleansing: Video Shows Israeli Forces Arresting Palestinian Mother and Infant Trying to Access Their Land
At least 15 Palestinians accompanied by Israeli activists were arrested trying to access Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank on Saturday.
Haaretz reports that the group was trying to reach Palestinian-owned land near the illegal Israeli settlement outpost of Mizpeh Yair in the South Hebron Hills.
The Palestinians, from the Susya area, were joined by activists from the Israeli anti-occupation group Ta’ayush. When the group tried to access Palestinian land, Judea and Samaria District Police officers stopped them and declared the environs a “closed military area” without providing any further explanation.
An argument ensued and 10 Palestinians and 5 Israelis were arrested and transported to a police station in Hebron, occupied West Bank. Among those arrested was a Palestinian man whose wife, identified by her first name Reema, rushed to his side with her 18-month-old baby Quamar in her arms. Israeli police then surrounded and arrested Reema and her baby. The incident was caught on video by a Ta’ayush activist.
+972 Magazine reports that most of the 15 arrestees were released several hours later without charge. Reema and one Israeli activist are still reportedly in custody.
The Israeli settlement of Mizpeh Yair, declared illegal by Israeli authorities, consists of 15 prefabricated homes on rocky hillsides in the illegally occupied West Bank. The residents of the Palestinian village of Susya, which dates to the early 19th century, were among the more than 700,000 Arabs forcibly expelled by Jewish forces during the Nakba ethnic cleansing campaign that accompanied Israel’s independence.
The village has been repeatedly demolished by US-supplied Israeli bulldozers in recent decades, its residents scattered about the area and often living in destitute makeshift shacks and tents without electricity or running water. Even though the Palestinians were forced from their ancestral homeland, Israel justifies the repeated destruction of Susya by declaring the village “illegal.”
Israeli settlers also often violently attack the Palestinians of Susya.
Opponents of Israeli occupation and settlement expansion call actions like Saturday’s and the overall push to expel Palestinians from the West Bank the spear tip of Israel’s ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestine.
“In recent months there is a clear effort to expel Palestinians from private lands near settlements and outposts,” one of the Israeli Ta’ayush activists arrested on Saturday told Haaretz. “This is done despite unequivocal High Court of Justice Rulings and directives of the Attorney General, stressing the IDF’s (Israel Defense Forces) duty to enable Palestinians to reach and cultivate their lands.”
Indeed, the Israeli High Court has ruled that the military must not deny Palestinians access to their lands “except in cases where there is a concrete need based on exact intelligence, and real threats on the ground.” No such need nor threat exists in Susya, yet Palestinians and Israeli activists claim that Israeli forces regularly deny the land’s rightful owners access, severely impacting their lives and livelihoods.
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