Israeli troops today quelled a solidarity rally in Ayn al-Bayda, southeast of Yatta city in the southern West Bank district of Hebron.
He confirmed that dozens of Palestinians performed the weekly Friday prayer at the site of Ayn al-Bayda, also written as Ein al-Baida, nestled between the encroaching nearby Israeli colonial settlements of Ma‘on and Karmiel, in solidarity with the landowners whose land at the site is at the risk of confiscation for settlement expansion.
The rally participants, who included a number of international activists, shouted slogans condemning the Israeli systematic policy of ethnically cleansing against Palestinians and calling for an end to the foreign Israeli occupation.
Israeli soldiers raided the site and assaulted the participants with rifle butts as a means to disperse them.
Ratib Jbour, an activist who took part in the rally, pointed that the site has become a scene of weekly rallies since the Israeli occupation authorities and settlers continue to raze it to make room for setting up livestock farms for settlers.
Almost three weeks ago, Israeli settler bulldozers leveled large tract of farmland belonging to the Bhais, Shawahin, Zhuhur and Id‘eis families at the site of Ayn al-Bayda to enable settlers to set up the livestock farms.