Days of Palestine – West Bank
Israeli occupation forces attacked the weekly protest against the illegal settlements, which takes place every Friday in the village of Kafr Qaddum in the northern West Bank. At least one Palestinian was injured by Israeli forces fire, local sources reported.
Morad Shtewi, an official in charge of the popular resistance file in the village, told WAFA that Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated rounds and teargas at the protesters, injuring one of them by rubber-coated rounds. Others also sustained suffocation from gas inhalation.
The injured was treated at the scene by local medics.
For many years, villagers from Kafr Qaddum and neighboring villages have been protesting every Friday against illegal Israeli settlements, as well as to call on Israeli authorities to reopen the village’s main road, which has been sealed off by the occupation authorities since 2002.
Shtewi said another Palestinian young man was injured when an explosive device, which was recently planted by the occupation forces in the village, detonated during today's protest.
Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu has declared many times his willingness to annex the illegal colonial settlements besides to the Jordan Valley, a fertile strip of land running west along the Jordan River, which is home of some 65,000 Palestinians and makes up approximately 30 percent of the West Bank.
The annexation move is based on the US-touted Mideast plan, dubbed deal of the century, which in fact endorses Israel’s longstanding policy of permanent occupation, colonialism and apartheid over the Palestinian people.
The annexation of Palestinian territory occupied in 1967 is illegal under international law, and it would put much of the occupied West Bank under Israeli sovereignty, leaving only a few small pockets of densely populated Palestinian bantustans.