The killing of Naasan will not dissuade Palestinian farmers from defending their land
UAWC condemns the murder of farmer Hamdi al-Naasan, 38, who was killed by a group of settlers on Saturday evening near the village of al-Mughayyir, 22 km northeast of Ramallah. Twenty others were also wounded by live ammunition when defending their village from the heavily armed settlers, and some remain in critical condition. Nasaan was shot in the back and the bullet landed in his stomach, killing him instantly. Hamdi al-Nasaan, father of four, participated in weekly demonstrations against the confiscation of land for the construction of a settler outpost in the village, and against ongoing settler violence, such as uprooting trees, attacking residents, and confiscating their property. UAWC calls upon the international community to put an end to settlements, settlement expansion, and settler violence as attacks committed daily against unarmed Palestinians across the occupied Palestinian territories are on the rise. Targeting farmers and agricultural families who remain steadfast in securing their livelihood on their land, continuously struggle against the confiscation of their land, looting of resources, and the demolition of agricultural facilities, which is a part of a systematic policy set to prevent farmers from accessing their own land. Yet, international law constitutes such policies a flagrant human right violation and a breach of the UN Declaration on the rights of peasants. Settlers, protected by the Israeli army, and the killings of farmers will not in any way avert Palestinian farmers from defending their land and rights, and will not dissuade Palestinians from diligently working towards attaining our right to land and food sovereignty.