A group of Israeli settlers attacked on Saturday, September 23, 2023, Palestinian sheepherders in the village of Al-Mughayyir, east of Ramallah.
Citizen Shahada Abu Aliya said that a number of armed settlers from the “Shilo” settlement assaulted him and his cousin Atef, while they were herding their sheep on their own land, under the protection of Israeli forces.
Violence from Israeli settlers has displaced over 1,100 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank since 2022, according to a U.N. report released Thursday, with officials describing the exodus as unparalleled in recent years.
The affected villages are mostly reliant on herding and agriculture for their livelihoods. Nearly all of the communities reported having to sell part of their livestock and 70% have had to borrow money to pay for artificial feed after settler incursions cut off access to their grazing lands, the report says.
Over a third of the residents have reported changing their livelihoods, some giving up shepherding altogether.