On March 24 settlers attempted to begin construction of a walking path outside the fenced “archaeological” dig near the Abu Haikal home on Tel Rumeida. The settlers pounded in metal stakes in an area just below the fence which has been erected by Israelis around what was once the orchard of the Abu Haikal family, and is now an archaeological site to which Palestinians, including Palestinian archaeological experts, are denied access. The stakes are a first step in an apparent attempt to link the settlement of Tel Rumeida to the fenced area of the archaeological dig.
Palestinians living in the building adjacent to the land on which the settlers were trespassing called police, and the settlers were ordered to stop, however the following day on March 25, soldiers arrived at the home of the Abu Haikal family and threatened them with arrest.
Feryal Abu Haikal had just finished hosting a group of neighbors along with the Palestinian Liaison Officer and an officer from the Hebron Governor’s office when soldiers arrived at her home and began to dispute the ownership of some of the land on Tel Rumeida, showing her a map which contained false information about ownership of plots of land. The soldiers told Feryal Abu Haikal that no visitors are to be allowed on the land surrounding her home, and threatened to arrest and deport any foreigners, including members of the Abu Haikal family.
For background on the settler “archaeological” dig on Tel Rumeida click here
To see a map of multiple land-grab efforts by settlers in Hebron click here.