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Days of Palestine – Jordan Valley
Israeli settlers prevented today Palestinian shepherds from watering their livestock from Ein al-Hilweh spring in the northern Jordan Valley, according to a local activist.
Aref Daraghmeh, a local anti-settlement activist, said that settlers prevented shepherds from watering their livestock from the said spring and attacked livestock with stones.
This comes only two days after settlers planted trees around the al-Hilweh spring, which was seized by settlers months ago.
Settler violence has long since become part of Palestinians’ daily life under occupation. Israeli security forces enable these actions, which result in Palestinians casualties – injuries and fatalities – as well as damage to land and property, said the Israeli information center for human rights in the occupied territories, B’Tselem.
“In some cases, they even serve as an armed escort, or even join in the attacks. Investigations, if even opened, are usually closed with no action taken against perpetrators as part of an undeclared policy of leniency. The long-term effect of this violence is the dispossession of Palestinians from increasing parts of the West Bank, making it easier for Israel to take over land and resources,” said B’Tselem.