Shilo colonists ravage vast area west Qaryut village in Nablus governorate

Shilo colonists ravage vast area west Qaryut village in Nablus governorate


  • Violation: ravaging Palestinian lands
  • Location:  Qaryut village – Nablus
  • Date:  January 01, 2017
  • Perpetrators: Shilo colonists
  • Victims:  some Qaryut farmers


Since the beginning of January 2017, Shilo colonists were reported to ravage an area of 60 dunums from the agricultural lands of west Qaryut village; more specifically in the area known as Al-Tfuf within the natural block number 1.

According to field visits, colonists fenced the targeted area before starting the ravaging act in an obvious step of take-over.

It should be noted that the targeted area is one of the locations that the occupation require owners to have prior coordination before accessing despite the fact that the area is located outside the colony's periphery.

Citizen Bashar Qaryuti told Land Research Center that the targeted lands used to be agriculturally productive. Farmers cultivated them with wheat and other crops. Fifteen years ago, colonists escalated their attacks  and the occupation declared the area's lands confiscated  on the claim of them being "state lands".

Qaryuti explained that the village council coordinated with one human rights organization to object to colonists' acts of take-over and that the case is still pending in Israeli court.

It  is reported that the targeted lands belong to the following farmers from Qaryut:

  • Amad Kassab
  • Marwan Kassab
  • Hamid Allan
  • Sudqi Allan
  • Yousef Azem
  • Khairi Azem
  • Abdallah Mu'amar
  • Heirs of Mohammad Mu'amar


Photos 1-2: the targeted location

Photo 3: Shilo colony


About Qaryut: 

Qaryut is 20 km south of Nablus and 28 km away from Ramallah. It is one of the villages that are totally surrounded by colonies and outposts. The village populates 2321people on a total land area of 8471 dunums, of which 312dunums are the village's built-up area.

The Israeli occupation 1332 dunums from Qaryut village for the favor of the following colonies:

  • Shilo colony:  it was built in 1978 on 799 confiscated dunums from Silon lands. Now, the colony has a total built-up area of 1347.
  • Eli colony: it was built in 1984 on 553 confiscated dunums. Now, the colony has a total built-up area of 3360 dunums.


Prepared by
 The Land Research Center



Categories: Settlers Attacks