Israeli forces have clashed with Palestinian demonstrators protesting against the expropriation of Palestinian lands by Israel in the occupied West Bank.
On Saturday, Palestinians took to the streets in the village of Ni’lin to express their outrage over confiscation of their lands by Tel Aviv regime and the expansion of settler units. Israeli troops reportedly fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the protesters. Dozens of protesters sustained injuries as a result. Tension has been rising in the region lately as Israelis have stepped up seizing Palestinian land in order to build more settlements. The presence and continued expansion of Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine has created a major obstacle for the efforts to establish peace in the Middle East. More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds in 1967. The UN and most countries regard the Israeli settlements as illegal because the territories were captured by Israel in a war in 1967 and are hence subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbid construction on occupied lands.