05/12/14: SFP joins Salem village to reclaim their land

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.

نشطاء المقاومه الشعبيه يشاركون الاهالي الوصول الى اراضيهم والعمل فيها
اليوم الجمعه -5-12 توجه نشطاء المقاومه الشعبيه من حركة تضامن من اجل فلسطين حره sfp الى قرية سالم – شرق نابلس للمشاركه في حراثة وزراعه الارض الممنوع الوصول اليها من قبل الاحتلال الاسرائيلي , وقد ذكر بعض الاهالي انهم كانوا ممنوعين من الوصول الى ارضهم منذ سنوات بحجه انها منطقه عسكريه او انه لا يوجد تنسيق او تصريح للوصول الى الارض .
بعد الوصول الى هناك تمكن الاهالي مع النشطاء من تنظيف الارض وحراثتها والصلاه هناك تاكيدا منهم على ان الارض تابعه لهم ويملكونها هم , وقد حضر الجنود الاسرائيليين الى المنطقه وطالبوا الاهالي مغادره المنطقه ووقف اعمال الحراثه فيها الا ان الاهالي استمروا بالعمل على ارضهم .
يذكر ان المستوطنون يحاولون بطريقه او اخرى السيطره على الارض من اجل ربط المستوطنات المقامه على الجبال بعضها البعض

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