Days Of Palestine – Kafr Qaddum
Israeli occupation troops attacked dozens of protesters demonstrating in the village of Kafr Qaddum, in the northwest of the occupied West bank, against the plan to annex parts of the occupied territory to Israeli settlements.
Local sources said that the Israeli troops fired teargas, rubber-coated rounds and stun grenades at the protesters, injuring five of them.
They added that many other protesters sustained suffocation from teargas inhalation.
Israeli forces violently suppressed demonstrators, who also rallied to protest Israel’s closure of the main road that connects the village of Kufr Qaddoum with the city of Nablus since 2003.
Before 2003, the residents of Kufr Qaddum would use a shorter road to the east in order to come and go to nearby cities and villages. However, as the settlements expanded so that they overwhelmed the road, it became closed for Palestinian use.
The only alternative road is roughly six times longer than the previous route, disrupting the villagers’ ability to attend university, their jobs, and other vital aspects of their economic and social wellbeing.
Three Palestinian deaths relating to the road’s closure occurred between 2004 and 2005,” it said. Although Kufr Qaddum’s Popular Resistance Committee took their case to the Israeli High Court in 2003, the legal status of the road remains unchanged.
After all legal appeals failed, villagers decided to organize weekly demonstrations in July 2011, a step that was met with violent suppression by Israeli forces.