Subhi Shaledeh and his extended family had around 500 acres of prime grazing land in the Occupied West Bank, in the village of Janoub.
They owned olive trees and hundreds of sheep. The land had been in the family for decades.
But overnight they lost their livelihood and their and land.
Subhi says on 9 October, two days after the 7 October attack by Hamas, settlers from an Israeli outpost, which is classed as illegal under both Israeli and international law, stormed their land and destroyed their homes.
“Over 50 settlers armed with long rifles, guns, knives and machetes came,” he says. “They entered out homes, set our houses ablaze and took away our livestock.”
The family of nine, including seven children, along with around 70 members of the extended Shaledeh clan, were suddenly homeless.
“The settlers took advantage of the war in Gaza. They expelled us from our land and told us to leave, ‘this is an open war’, they said.” [Continue reading…]