On Wednesday, Israeli soldiers invaded and inspected large swathes of Palestinian land in the village of Kisan, east of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, and annexed it before preventing Palestinians from entering it.
Ahmad Ghazal, a local nonviolent activist, said the soldiers invaded and inspected large tracts of land in Wadi al-Hajjar, Thahrat al-Mizrab, Thahrat at-Teena and Khallet al-Hadad, and placed markers there. red.
Ghazal added that the Israeli army has informed the mayor, Mousa Obeyyat, that the land is now off-limits to Palestinians and anyone who enters it will be subject to prosecution.
Kisan is subject to frequent violations by Israeli soldiers and illegal colonial settlers; violations include the demolition of homes and structures, the uprooting of land, and the annexation of land so that Israel can build and expand its illegal settlements.
All Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, including those in and around occupied East Jerusalem, are illegal under international law, the Fourth Geneva Convention as well as various United Nations and Security Council resolutions . They also constitute war crimes under international law.
Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states: “The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory which it occupies. It also prohibits “individual or collective forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory”.