Days of Palestine

Saturday, March 25

Israeli Settlers Erect Cemetery on Stolen Palestinian Lands of Salfit

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Israeli settlers of the illegal Israeli settlement of ‘Ali Zahav’ established on Friday, 24 February 2023 a cemetery on the stolen lands of the Palestinian citizens of the town of Kafr Al-Dik, west of Salfit.

The head of the Kafr al-Dik municipality Muhammad Naji stated that the Israeli settlers seized an area owned by Palestinian citizens’, fenced it, and erected a cemetery to bury their dead at the expense of the Palestinian residents’ property.

Naji added that the town of Kafr Al-Dik is subject to settler attacks on a daily basis, including the uprooting of hundreds of olive trees and the leveling of large areas of Palestinian citizens’ lands in favor of illegal settlement expansion.

Israeli settlers escalated their attacks against the Palestinian citizens’ own properties in the occuiped West Bank including attacking the Palestinian homes, sabotaging their cars, and blocking their roads. 

In 2022, Israeli settlers carried out more than 290 attacks on Palestinians and their own property in the occupied West Bank, 230 of which caused property damage, and 60 of them caused injuries to Palestinian residents, according to United Nations reports. 

More than 600,000 illegal settlers live in over 230 illegal settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

The international community views the settlements — hundreds of which have been built across the West Bank since the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian lands in 1967 — as illegal under international law and the Geneva Conventions due to their construction on the occupied territories.

The UN Security Council has condemned Israel’s settlement activities in the occupied territories in several resolutions.