Israeli Colonial Activity in Al Sawiyah Village, Nablus

Israeli Colonial Activity in Al Sawiyah Village, Nablus




The village of Al Sawiyah is located 22 kilometers to the south of the city of Nablus. The village is inhabited by 4000 Palestinian most of whom work in farming olives, figs, and almonds.


Historical Background of Rahaleem Settlement

The settlement was established in 1992 about 2.5 kilometers to the north of the village after the Israeli relevant authorities confiscated about 80 dunums of the land of the village. The 8-kilometer by-pass road connecting the settlement with Israeli proper led to the uprooting of 1500 olive trees in addition to the razing of 1000 dunums. The settlement was established initially as a military camp soon after which it was transferred to a full pledged settlement through the placement of a number of caravans in it. It was documented that the settlement contained 13 caravans up until 1997. The settlement started its expansion process on the 5th of July 1997, as work on 14 colonial housing units was embarked upon. These units are in their final stages as of April 2001. 

The New Colonial Activity: 

The placement of 7 new colonial caravans in Al Tilamah location in the Israeli settlement of Rahaleem. The activity took place on the 28th of March, 2001 as three of those caravans were placed on a land owned by Mr. Abdel Aziz Hamed while the other four were placed on a land owned by Mr. Mahmood Suleiman. As a prelude for the placement of the caravans, the following events took place: 

  • The uprooting of 35 olive trees on the 10th of March 2001. The trees belonged to Mr. Saeed Al Eetani (15 trees) and Mr. Ghazi Al Sayed (20 trees). 

  • The uprooting of 50 olive trees on the 25th of February 2001. The trees belonged to Mr. Abdel Khaliq Abdel Majid Dawleh. 

  • The uprooting of 40 olive trees on the 15th of January 2001. The trees were owned by Mr. Adel Raja (25 trees) and Mr. Fawzy Khair Allah (15 trees). 


Prepared by
The Land Research Center

Categories: Settlement Expansion