Raids and Abductions: Israel Approves 1,000 New Settlements in West Bank

Raids and Abductions: Israel Approves 1,000 New Settlements in West Bank

Al-Quds (GPA) – A series of recent raids, abductions, and violent confrontations took place at various locations in the West Bank this week in attempts to attack and intimidate Palestinians displaced by the Zionist entity July 22nd move to establish 1,000 new illegal settlements within the occupied West Bank.

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) demolished the family home of an extrajudicially executed teenager, Mohammed Tarek Yousef, in the Kobar village near Ramallah overnight Tuesday.

The demolition order, issued a day prior on August 27, notified the family that their home was to be demolished September 13.

The IOF waged the home demolition in response to the stabbing of three settlers in the Adam settlement by Yousuf last month, resulting in the death of one settler and the injury of two others.

IOF forces had shot Yousef dead Tuesday and are still in possession of the teenager’s corpse, refusing to release it to family.

In addition, IOF forces raided other locations in Ramallah early Tuesday until noon in and near the Kobar village, abducting ten Palestinians. According to the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS), the IOF stormed and invaded homes — arresting in two Palestinians in Jenin, one from Nablus, two from Hebron, three Palestinians from Ramallah, and two from Bethlehem.

Palestinian forcibly detained by Israeli occupation forces in Ras Karkar village west of Ramallah amidst confrontations between villagers and settlers. 10 West Bank Palestinians were abducted from their homes overnight Tuesday and 17 more last night. Last week, ‘Israel’ approved plans to build over 1,000 new settlement homes, illegal under international law. 96% of these new settlements require the direct forced removal of existing Palestinians. 384 new homes have been approved already.

On Wednesday morning, the IOF stormed more locations in the West Bank — abducting 17 more citizens. One of the abductees, 27-year-old Samer Sobhi Rimawi, the brother of two political prisoners, Adham and Sami, was detained under administrative detention without charges or trial.

According to Palestinian sources including the International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC), more confrontations arose between armed enemy forces and residents in Beit Rima in Ramallah and in Jalazun camp in the West Bank amidst the abductions.

Sources added one 59-year-old wheelchair-bound man was wounded in Doha, in Bethlehem who was identified Mohammed Abdullah al-Hreimi. Israeli occupying forces kicked al-Hreimi’s front door open before hitting his 50-year-old wife in the face.

The IOF proceeded to beat the man in his wheelchair as they took in his 20-year-old son, Mohammed, into interrogation.  

Settlers on Tuesday also forced their way en masse into Joseph’s tomb in northern occupied Nabulsi, with protection from the IOF. Israeli Construction and Housing Minister Yoav Galant and head of Settlements Council in the West Bank Yossi Dagan accompanied the settlers.

The Palestinian News Network estimated that over 750 settlers entered the tomb at once, sparking confrontations with Palestinian youth.

According to a Ma’an reporter, the raids included up to thousands of settlers swarming into Nablus.

The IOF shot one teen with three bullets after opening fire with rubber-coated steel bullets and tear-gas bombs towards the youth.

Palestinian forcibly detained by Israeli occupation forces in Ras Karkar village west of Ramallah amidst confrontations between villagers and settlers. 10 West Bank Palestinians were abducted from their homes overnight Tuesday and 17 more last night. Last week, ‘Israel’ approved plans to build over 1,000 new settlement homes, illegal under international law. 96% of these new settlements require the direct forced removal of existing Palestinians. 384 new homes have been approved already.

Dozens of Israeli settlers also raided the al-Aqsa mosque Sunday following the detention and interrogation of four members of the al-Waqf organization’s al-Aqsa Reconstruction committee.

The four employees were identified by the IMEMC as Issa Dabbagh, Bassem Zghayyar, Jom’a Manasra and Hamad Alqam.

Abducted while working, the men were taken to the al-Qashla detention center in Jerusalem (al-Quds).

The Israeli entity’s defense minister advanced plans for 400 new homes in the illegal Adam settlement last month.

Japan condemned the recent settlement expansion plan Tuesday. According to Peace Now, 96% of the settlements are planned to be built in areas that require the forced removal within the framework of a two-state “peace” agreement. The settlements are illegal under international law, despite the Israeli entity court ruling stating that land can be seized if conducted in ‘good faith.’

All photos courtesy Shehab News Agency.

Julia "Samar" Kassem

Julia Kassem is an independent journalist based between Detroit and Beirut.