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Food security: settlers attack shepherds, prevent farmers from accessing their lands

Published on 02 March 2014
Written by Alternative Information Center (AIC)

Taqu, a Palestinian village east of Bethlehem / Photo: Archive (CC)Taqu, a Palestinian village east of Bethlehem / Photo: Archive (CC)

Israeli settlers assaulted two Palestinian shepherds grazing their sheep on Saturday in the village of Tuqu, east of Bethlehem. According to local residents the attack took place on private Palestinian land slated for confiscation by Israeli authorities. 

Arif Ayish Ubayyat, 23, and Ayyub Hasan Ubayyat were pasturing their flock east of Tuqu when they were attacked by a group of settlers. Seventeen animals were lost in the attack. The Palestinian liaison department contacted the Israeli Civil Administration to restore the stolen animals.

Palestinian farmers were sent home at gunpoint when they attempted to reach their lands in the Umm al-Arayis region, east of Yatta, on Saturday. The lands belong to Issa Jabarin, however settlers from the Mitzpe Yair outpost have occupied his land in the area since 2000. An Israeli court ordered the trespassers to be evicted, but Israeli authorities have yet to implement the order.

Also, in Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, Israeli forces sent home a family tending to their lands. The family was working on the land when Israeli troops arrived and threatened to detain them if they refused to leave the area.

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