Israeli settlers from Leshem colonial settlement west Salfit today have taken over the historical village, Deir Sim’an, on the lands of Kafr Deek and Rafat.
Deir Siman castle dates back to the Roman Era and counts as a very important Palestinian landmark. It is located a few kilometers west Kafr Deek village. It has been controlled and isolated by Israeli occupation forces, which now dominate more than 1,000 dunums in the area.
Eyewitnesses said that Israeli settlers are using bulldozers and working around the clock on making roads to the castle, in addition to erecting walls around the village.
To his part, researcher Khaled Ma’ali said that this socialist site has been under threat since the announcement of Leshem settlement in 2012. Settlers now surround the village from all directions, and it cannot be reached unless through a route that the settlers made from the south.
Ma’ali pointed out that occupation forces plan on stealing this site which counts as one of the most beautiful features in Palestine, as happened before with the religious sanctities in Kafr Hares, which they claimed that they affiliate to “prophets from the old ages.”
Ma’ali assured that the International criminal court will consider this theft and damage to the archaeology, and this rises to the level of war crimes.