NABLUS, May 21, 2015 (WAFA) – The Israeli army closed late Wednesday night the entrance to the village of Burin, south of Nablus, with cubic cements and declared it a closed military zone, according to local sources.
Head of the village’s council, Ehab Najjar, said Israeli soldiers closed all roads leading to Burin and denied vehicles and residents entry and exit to the village.
Several human rights reports have reveled that Israel’s roadblocks continue to hinder movement and normal life for Palestinians.
B’Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, said that Israel imposes restrictions on Palestinian travel within the West Bank, obstructs access to areas where it seeks greater control, and prevents travel between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
It said that “Israel’s policy results in real hardships and constant uncertainty in people’s daily lives in terms of everyday tasks such as getting to work or school or visiting relatives. It also reflects the view that freedom of movement is not an inalienable right but a privilege that Israel can choose to bestow or withhold.”
Two days ago, settlers from the nearby illegal settlement Yitzhar set up a caravan near the village’s school, which is seemingly a prelude to expand the settlement at the expense of the village’s land, reported Najjar.
Meanwhile, Israeli army broke into the village of Husan, west of Bethlehem, and proceeded to raze a Palestinian owned land, reported the village’s head of council, Hassan Hamamreh.
He said the Israeli measure aims only at expanding the nearby illegal settlement of Beitar Illit.
The villages of Burin, Madama and Asir al-Qibliya are a frequent target of attacks carried out by settlers of Yitzhar, a nearby settlement with a predominantly ultra-orthodox Jewish population. These attacks mainly involve stone-throwing, night raids on vulnerable homes, property arson and intentional damage.
Settlement activities in the West Bank and Jerusalem are illegal in international law, despite of which Israel continues to construct and expand more settlement homes in the occupied territory.