Torches, lasers and fireworks lit up the darkness of the night, and the sound of Palestinian songs broke the silence, and the smell of burning tires spread in the place.. In the village of Beita near the city of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, the residents do not leave a way to disturb the settlers, who set up a random outpost in the area, in order to push them to leave.
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4 Palestinians were killed in clashes between the village’s youth and the Israeli occupation army, and more than 300 others were wounded, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent.
Although he was shot in the foot during one of the demonstrations more than a month ago, the young Palestinian Diaa is keen to be among the demonstrators every evening.
“I will continue to come here, and we will continue to work in this way and resist until they leave our land,” says Dia, who is wearing a Palestinian flag, while leaning on crutches.
units of resistance
The Palestinian youth divided themselves into units. There is a “rubber unit”, a “night confusion unit”, and a “torch unit.”
After the afternoon hours, a huge truck loaded with damaged rubber tires arrives at the protest site. Young men burn them on the western side of Jabal Sabih, so that thick smoke heads east towards the settlers’ caravans.
“God is great, they will not stay in our land,” shouts a masked young man on a night when the AFP team was on the scene.
“When they put these caravans at the foot of the mountain, Israel informed the Palestinian liaison that they would stay here for a day or two,” said Raad, the official of the “Rubchock Unit.” In less than 50 hours, there are more than 20 caravans adjacent to each other.
“These caravans will not remain on our land, even if all the villagers are martyred,” he added.
“They will leave,” said Ghaleb Abu Zaitoun, 77, who wore a white keffiyeh on his head, holding a rosary in his hand, and looking at the rising smoke.
“This peaceful action will force them to leave, and it is better than direct confrontation, which makes us lose a number of our youth,” he added.
After darkness falls on the village, young men move to a side facing the mountain, and set tires on fire at close distances from the settlement, while others from far distances shine laser lights towards the settlement site. Dozens of young men carrying torches flock to the nearest point of the settlement, and members of the Israeli army start firing stun grenades and tear gas in their direction.
“We will continue to work in this way until the smoke of rubber reaches their bedrooms,” says a masked young man, his clothes and hands covered in black, as he pushes a huge tire into the nearby fire.
Young Thaer Hamayel, who wore the keffiyeh of his brother Zakaria Hamayel, who was martyred in the place, repeats, “In this way or another, they must leave our land.”
Settlers at the outpost said that tire smoke reaches their places and pollutes them.
Tzipi Scott, one of the outpost’s founders, describes these Palestinian protests in a tweet as “simply crazy.”
“We live in a cloud of carcinogenic smoke. The children are coughing and getting sick. They are talking about our expulsion and the destruction of our community. This cannot continue. Their village must be destroyed.”
The outpost is called “Evitar”, after an Israeli actor and settler who was stabbed by a Palestinian near Beita in 2013.
The outpost was established on Jabal Sabih, after a Palestinian attacked a number of settlers with a pistol at the Za’tara junction in the area last May, killing one of them and wounding others.
Then Defense Minister Benny Gantz ordered the outpost to be evacuated; However, former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu froze the decision.
The new Israeli government led by the far-right Naftali Bennett, a former head of the West Bank settlement council, has not yet dealt with this burning issue.
According to the Israeli anti-settlement organization, Peace Now, “a small group of people, without any authority, created facts on the ground that seriously harm Israel’s security,” and called on the new government to evacuate the outpost; Because it weakens “the possibility of peace in the future.”