On Friday 5 December activists from SFP joined villagers from Salem, just east of Nablus city, to reclaim their land boxed in between two illegal Jewish-only colonies. Bringing farming equipment to plough and prepare the land the villagers were confronted by the Israeli Army, which claimed they did not have permission to work their own land. The Army forced the villagers from the land by promising them access at a later, unspecified date.
Salem village, along with it’s neighbouring Palestinian villages, is boxed in between the illegal colonies of Elon Moreh to the north and Itamar to the south. The village is also separated from their ancestral lands by a settler-only road, monitored by an Israeli Army watchtower that prevents farmers from crossing the road and accessing their lands and olive trees on the other side. The Jewish settlers have been attempting to steal more and more land with the aim of forcing out the native Palestinian population and connecting the two illegal colonies.
In an act of defiance and resistance the villagers crossed the illegal settler road and attempted to start ploughing their lands to the north. The Israeli Army immediately prevented the villagers from continuing and forced them from the land claiming it was a military restricted area. Despite this the villagers still performed the noon prayers on their land in a sign of their determination to remain steadfast in the face of the Occupation and colonialists.
SFP is supporting villages across the northern West Bank area of Palestine to reclaim their land, particularly land settlers have or are trying to steal. We are doing this by planting olive trees, zatara (a Palestinian herb) and assisting farmers and villages to work their land. To help us with this we are asking for donations. If you would like to donate or learn more about the campaign please click here and share it with your friends and colleagues.