A Palestinian was injured from military gunfire as Israeli forces today afternoon suppressed an anti-settlement rally in Beit Dajan village, east of Nablus city, according to WAFA correspondent.
She said that a large Israeli military force violently dispersed hundreds of participants in the peaceful rally called for to defend Palestinian-owned land threatened with confiscation, east of the village, to make room for the construction of a new Israeli colonial settlement outpost.
Soldiers opened fire toward the participants, hitting one with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the foot.
Beit Dajan has become a scene for weekly protests against the Israeli authorities move to construct new colonial settlements and expand existing ones at the expense of Palestinian territory.
Located 12 kilometers to the east of Nablus city, Beit Dajan has a population of some 4,700 and occupies a total area of 44,100 dunams, including 360 donums of built-up area for the villagers. A large part of the village lands were seized for the construction of Al-Hamra and Mekhora (Mehola) colonial settlements, east and southeast of the village, in 1971 and 1973.
The village depends on grains plantation and fruitful trees, such as olive, figs and almonds.