Case study:

The broad daylight thievery and violence in the Shiloh Valley

during the Netanyahu governments

2009-2015

The murders of toddler Ali Dawabsha and his father Saed generated an uproar. The fire set to the house in the Palestinian village of Duma with its dwellers inside, led to the death of two and the mortal injury of two others. However, this horrid act was not committed in a void. Since 1999, when the illegal outposts began appearing in the nearby “Shiloh Valley,” the region has undergone a process of increased Israeli control and Palestinian ousting.

This objective is often achieved through violence as a political tool for altering the status quo in favor of the settlers. This process is made possible, inter alia, by the fact that the region is a lawless area. Throughout the years, wild outposts’ settlers have enjoyed ongoing support from the authorities, whether by act or omission: a local authority allocating financial support, government offices build and provide infrastructure, enforcement agencies avoid enforcing the planning and construction laws, security forces do not only protect illegal outpost settlers but also help them remove Palestinians from the farmlands, even when it is their personal land. Changes in this area in the years after the wild outposts were established demonstrate that the settlers’ presence in the area leads to ongoing thievery and acts of violence.

To stop this, the wild outposts must be evacuated. NOW.
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In 2009, the number of Shiloh Valley settlers doubled from 450 to 950
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Of 113 complaints in the vicinity of the Shiloh Valley outposts, only 4 indictments were filed
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Since 2009, the number of illegal houses in the Shiloh Valley outposts more than doubled
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90% of the police cases were closed due to investigative failures

 

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Thievery and Violence Infrastructure – Overview

Violence

Wild Outposts

Palestinians and their property are violently attacked on an average of every two weeks. 175 violent events have been reported in villages near the Shiloh Valley outposts since March 2009.*

* According to OCHA, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Government Support

Lack of enforcement – Of 113 cases on settler attacks in the Shiloh Valley since 2009 – only 4 indictments were filed (one of which has already been cancelled).*

* According to Yesh Din

Illegal Construction

Wild Outposts

Since 2009, the number of illegal houses in the Shiloh Valley outposts more than doubled. Since 2009, the number of Shiloh Valley settlers doubled from 450 to 950.*

* According to Peace Now figures

Government Support

Lack of enforcement – Of 226 demolition orders issued to the Shiloh Valley outposts: 204 were not enforced (90.3%), and 22 were executed (9.7%) by the settlers or security forces.*

* According to information derived of Civil Administration figures

Land Appropriation

Wild Outposts

The Shiloh Valley outposts are surrounded by a ring of ~10Km² in which Palestinian access is actually precluded, as settler groups regularly threaten and attack Palestinian farmers attempting to cultivate their lands.*

* According to Peace Now figures

Government Support

During a confrontation, the security forces remove the Palestinians from the land, claiming to protect the well-being of both groups. The outpost security coordinators, state funded settlers armed with IDF arms, participate in and sometimes even lead these attacks.

Wild Outposts

The settlers cultivate over 1,300 dunams of appropriated land near the outposts. 90% are private Palestinian lands stolen from their rightful owners. The settlers grow vines and olives on these lands and market the crops to surrounding wineries and to Meshek Achiya, which sells olive oil products.*

* According to Peace Now figures

Government Support

As a rule, in the absence of security force protection, Palestinians are unable to reach their lands. Such access is possible in rare cases and, even then, it is limited to several days a year, subject to prior coordination with the security forces, which are required to protect them against the settlers. Concurrently, the settlers continue to cultivate the lands that they usurped without interruption.

Infrastructure, social services, construction and development

Wild Outposts

The outposts enjoy electricity, water, sewage and road infrastructures.

The illegal outposts operate governmental institutions, such as day care centers, Mikvehs, synagogues and kindergartens, and they are provided waste removal and other services.

The outposts continue to grow and build houses, roads and additional infrastructure – and all of this is done against the Israeli law.

Government Support

The Ministry of Housing provided 5M NIS in funding for Shiloh Valley outpost infrastructures; the Binyamin regional council provides the electricity and water services.

The Binyamin regional council provides and funds services to the illegal outposts. Various nongovernmental organizations support the construction and illegal activities at the outposts, some obtaining governmental support through tax deductable donations.

The Amana settlement movement, whose leaders are affiliated with many government members, markets and promotes construction in the Shiloh Valley outposts.


Ten Steps of Outpost Takeover


The wild outposts must be evacuated. Government support must stop. NOW.

 

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