Palestinian Jordan Valley: a settler-colonist beat up a Palestinian at a joint recreation site
A settler-colonist beat up a Palestinian near the spring at En Sakut
En Sakut resort has half-open pools of spring water to be shared by Palestinians and Jewish settler-colonists who reside in the area. Yesterday, (Friday, November 4) a settler-colonist from Shadmot Mekhola arrived and assaulted a Palestinian from En Al Bida who was relaxing there with his family. The settler-colonist demanded that the Palestinian leave the site, and when the latter refused, he beat him until the Palestinian fell to the ground. The settler-colonist must have been startled at his condition and alerted the army, while Palestinians on the spot summoned a Palestinian ambulance that took him to a health center in Toubas, where he was treated and sent home. Earlier an Israeli policeman arrived, who is constantly on call at the nearby Mekhola settler-colony, and as far as we know, he did not open an investigation nor was the settler-colonist detained. The attacked Palestinian has turned to “Yesh Din”.
Fear of impending demolition of five families’ homes in Farsiya
Five shepherd families from Farsiya in the northern Palestinian Jordan Valley have received demolition orders, handled by attorney Tawfiq Jabarin. The legal procedure has ended, not in favor of the families. Now they fear that any day the Civil Administration will arrive with its bulldozers and bring down the dwelling tents and sheep pens, and they will all be exposed to the cold and rain.
Umm Zuka illegal outpost expanding
We have been told lately by the neighbors of the Umm Zuka nature reserve that the illegal outpost founded there in the beginning of the year has been expanding. People from outside the outpost have been coming to work, clearing more ground of stones and preparing it for a date-palm grove, so the rumor goes. They might be hoping that this way the outpost will get a permanent settlement status. So far it has seemed temporary, with caravan structures, and kept from putting up anything long-term.
Incidentally, they receive inexpensive water supply from a pipeline that connects them illegally to the settler-colony of Hemdat. But everything is illegal here, after all.
Construction at the Tapuach settler-colony
From the main road one sees new construction sites on the western side of this settler-colony. For the past few Saturdays, while passing at the Zaatara-Tapuach junction we noticed a surveillance balloon hovering above the junction with cameras. At Hamra, Maale Efrayim and Zaatara checkpoints no special activity or vehicle delays were noticed.