Dozens of Israelis have returned to a former West Bank settlement, evacuated in 2005 under orders from then prime minister Ariel Sharon, to claim the land as Israeli, multiple sources said Tuesday.
Sa-Nur was one of four settlements in the occupied West Bank that Sharon ordered evacuated by the army along with all 21 settlements in the Gaza Strip.
— Al-Monitor (@AlMonitor) November 18, 2020
Dozens of Jewish men, women, and children arrived at Sa-Nur late Monday, said Israeli lawmaker Ariel Kallner, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party.
“I have to come to Sa-Nur to affirm that this place belongs to the people of Israel,” he said in a video posted on his Facebook page.
On Tuesday, Jewish settlers had climbed to the top of an abandoned tower in Sa-Nur, while others were idling elsewhere, an AFP photographer said.
Overnight, around 100 Israeli settlers made their way to the site of former settlement Sa-Nur, in the northern occupied West Bank, which was dismantled in 2005.
They aim to stay, and establish a new illegal settlement.https://t.co/UxX95WY81k
— Ben White (@benabyad) November 17, 2020
Under the 2005 withdrawal, Israelis are prohibited from entering Sa-Nur in the northern West Bank, near the Palestinian city of Jenin.
Dozens of Israelis tried to re-establish a settlement in 2015 but were evicted by the army days after arriving.
Israeli lawmaker Betzalel Smotrich of the far-right Yemina party applauded the “Zionist” act of the settlers and urged Netanyahu to approve the reconstruction of Sa-Nur.
— The Palestine Chronicle (@PalestineChron) November 18, 2020
Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law.
Under international law, Jewish settlements constructed in the Occupied Palestinian Territories constitute a violation of international law and are considered illegal.
(Palestine Chronicle, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, Social Media)