Farmland in the ‘Ain Faris area belonging to the village of Nahalin near Bethlehem have been destroyed after Israeli settlers from the illegal Beitar Illit settlement flooded fields with waste water.
‘Ain Faris has a large plain and a spring that local farmers use to irrigate their land. Palestinian activist Ghassan Al-Najareh told the Safa news agency that waste water has destroyed the spring, making its water no longer potable, and killed most of the trees. This was a deliberate move by the settlers, insisted Al-Najareh, which happens almost weekly. Settlers open the sluices at night so that nobody sees them, he claimed.
Al-Najareh, who campaigns against Israeli settlements and the Apartheid Wall, pointed that the land in question is threatened with confiscation so that it can be annexed to Beitar Illit settlement.
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