- Categoria: Società civile palestinese
- Pubblicato Lunedì, 14 Maggio 2012 07:34
- Scritto da Nil'in village
April 24th, 2012
A group of young settlers started the construction of a new outpost on privately owned land in Ni’lin on the 10th of April. The outpost will be called “Or Hadash” meaning A New Light in Hebrew, a biblical reference. Israeli soldiers came to the site and confiscated some contruction tools but did not stop the approximately 100 settlers from laying down the foundations of the outpost. The construction of settlements on privately owned Palestinian land has been deemed illegal according to international as well as Israeli law.
“We proclaim that the land of Israel is for the people of Israel” said the settler leader Daniella Weiss, former mayor of Kedumim settlement, who spoke at the land grabbing event. Weiss also spoke about the support the settler enterprise recieves from the trustee fund Nachala, an international organization dedicated to settlement expansion in the West Bank.
A core of young men and women had prepared to stay at the site. “We reclaim our patrimony, which has been waiting for us for 2,000 years” one of the young settlers said to comment on their land theft obviously not giving much thought to the people that have tended to the land for the two last millenia.
The Palestinian owners of the land have been unable to reach the area for many years due to the construction of the annexation wall, that was built for “security reasons” in 2008. Since the occupation of the West Bank started in 1967 the village of Ni’lin has lost 50.000 out of it’s original 58.000 dunums. 43.000 dunums of this land has been lost due to the illegal expansion of the five settlements surrounding the village to the east, west and north. Because of this theft of land some 7000 villagers have left, seeking a better life as their lands have been stolen. The people of Ni’lin are farmers and have no means of supporting themselves finacially without access to their lands.
Ni’lin is a clear example of how the settler enterpise effectively will drive away the Palestinian population if it is allowed to continue unhindered. These recent events also show how the annexation wall and the Israeli military fit into this equation by physically seperating Palestinians from their lands and by procting settlers as they break the law.