Qusra, Occupied West Bank – Dozens of residents of Qusra were tear gassed by Israeli occupation forces (also known as Israeli Defense Forces or IDF), on Tuesday, March 29, as they were prevented from reaching their lands that the IDF seized months ago for colony settlements.
For years, the Palestinian town of Qusra and the Nablus Governorate itself, has become systematically encircled by Israeli settlements, leading to state sanctioned settler violence against the Palestinians. Recently, the occupying forces of the IDF confiscated an estimated 300 dunums of Palestinian land that was planted with olive and almond trees in the eastern region of the town of Qusra. One dunum equals 1,000 square meters or 1/4 of an acre.
In a demonstration on March 29, IDF fired tear gas canisters at the citizens expelled from their land, causing a number of them to suffer health problems. Unicorn Riot spoke with Mohamed Abu Thabet at the demo. Thabet said the settlers were seizing the land “by force” and the IDF was protecting the settlers. He said the colonists were stealing dunums “everywhere, not in Qusra alone.”
“The settlers are trying to seize the land by force, and as you can see, the Israeli occupation army protects the settlers who are thugs, who are present in all settlements to install the settlers’ flocks, and to build housing units for them, as happened here in the Migdalim settlement, from expansion and new construction works, and thus the settlement steals from the Palestinian dunums Everywhere, not in Qusra alone.”