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Sat 03 Jun 2023 10:13 am - Jerusalem Time

The Nakba is repeated in Masafer Yatta

The Israeli authorities allowed the establishment of "6" random settlement outposts in the Masafer Yatta area, south of Hebron, after the Supreme Court approved the expulsion of the indigenous Palestinian residents from this area, under the pretext that it is used for military training and live fire.


The mass expulsion decision was issued by the highest judicial authority in Israel against thousands of Palestinian citizens who have been living in Masafer Yatta for hundreds of years, where they languish in caves and simple houses and live on agriculture and livestock, and now they are homeless and dispersed in several areas. Scenes of the 48 year catastrophe that our people were subjected to.


What happened in the Al-Mosafer area is part of the comprehensive war that Israel is waging against our people in the Palestinian territories, especially in the northern and southern regions of the West Bank and in Area C, according to the Oslo Accords, where Smotrich decided, with a green light from Netanyahu, to increase the number of settlers. In the West Bank to about a million settlers, which aims to create a demographic balance in the same geographical area inhabited by both sides, which means that Israel is pushing for an all-out war in the region that eats everything and everything.


What happened in al-Musafir is not far from what is happening in Jerusalem in terms of ethnic cleansing against the citizens of Jerusalem and restrictions on them in all ways and areas of life with the aim of pushing them to emigrate from the city and resort to living in its surroundings, and this aims to make Arab and Islamic Jerusalem with a Jewish majority in the short term.


This also coincides with Israel's threat to implement Operation Defensive Wall 2 in the West Bank, similar to what happened in the Al-Aqsa Intifada that broke out in 2000, where Israel says that there are armed cells that must be uprooted, especially in Nablus, Jenin and Tulkarm, and this does not It can only be achieved by a large-scale military operation in those areas, which means that a lot of blood will be spilled throughout the country and its breadth, while the international community does not move a finger and is content with statements of denunciation, condemnation, and denunciation, which neither protect the Palestinian people nor achieve justice for them.


Returning to Masafer Yatta, Israel's approval of the establishment of "6" settlement outposts in the vast area is a prelude to converting them into large and wide settlements within the framework of the gradual implementation of the Smotrich plan by pushing about half a million new settlers into the West Bank from its north to its south, bringing the number to nearly a million. We mentioned above, to turn it into a state for the settlers, whom Israel provides with weapons, protection and fortification, in the face of the defenseless Palestinian citizen, except for his will to remain and stand firm on the land of the fathers and grandfathers and protect it with all available capabilities, whatever the cost.


In front of this, we see that we are facing a new catastrophe. About two weeks ago, the Bedouin population was expelled from the Ain Samia area in the Ramallah and Al-Bireh governorate, and yesterday, the residents of Masafer Yatta are expelled and settlers replace them, and this, in our estimation, is a harbinger of new displacement awaiting the Palestinian people, who are shouting at the top of their voices, “We want International protection from the last occupation in human history.

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The Nakba is repeated in Masafer Yatta