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Jewish settler’s ‘bio-war’ against the ancient city of Sabastiya

International Solidarity Movement | February 12, 2013

Sabastiya, Occupied Palestine – Sabastiya is an ancient city located just 10 km north of Nablus, West Bank. It contains Canaanite, Israelite, Hellenistic, Herodian, Roman and Byzantine ruins as well as the tomb of John the Baptiste. The winding city streets along with its history make Sabastiya an ideal place to visit. Yet, as charming and beautiful as the old city is, the nearby Israeli settlement of Shafi Shamrom is making lives of Sabastiya’s residents very difficult: settlers uprooted olive trees, introduced wild boars into the environment to damage the land, and most recently, sewage has started leaking from the settlement flooding Palestinian fields.

In 2001 settlers uprooted and destroyed around 1000 olive trees, substantially damaging the land of several families. In 2006 the army put up a fence in an attempt to confiscate the land where the trees had originally been. Sabastiya’s farmers acted: they pulled the fence down in a defiant act of resistance and since that time there have been no further attempts to install it again.

The most recent and disturbing action on the part of illegal settlers of Shafi Shamron is pumping their raw, untreated sewage directly onto Palestinian fields. As the sewage is absorbed into the land, olive and apricot trees are rendered diseased and, according to the residents, “poisoned”. The flow of human waste begins from a pipe on the perimeter of the settlement, creating a sort of reservoir which then runs through the adjacent Palestinian fields, compelling each subsequent land owner to create a canal in order to drain the sewage water on to his neighbors land and further away.

Residents of Sabastiya are currently bringing legal action against Shafi Shamron in order to stop the settlement from dumping its sewage on Palestinian lands. The malodorous sewage running through the fields must remind a regular visitor of non-violent protests of a very effective strategy used by the army; the “skunk” water, which is chemical liquid smelling of excrement commonly sprayed on protesters. Settlers are evidently using a similar technique to make local residents’ lives even more difficult.

February 13, 2013 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Illegal Occupation | , , , ,


  1. And they wonder where “anti-semites” come from?

    Comment by robertsgt40 | February 14, 2013 | Reply

  2. What next? Using Zyklon B on the Pals.?

    Comment by Flyover | February 14, 2013 | Reply

  3. Somehow I don’t entirely trust this report… The main reasons being that the alleged claim that Jewish settlers “introduced wild boars” seems to be false on the basis that the boar (all boar are wild) is native to this particular area of the world…

    Comment by ScubaMan | February 18, 2013 | Reply

    • We have already been over this question.

      Wild boars can be and routinely ARE raised in captivity and subsequently released on trophy hunting ranches. It is no stretch to realize that usurping colonists could very easily do the same.

      Your rote repetition of lies is stale Scubaman.

      Comment by aletho | February 18, 2013 | Reply

      • And your rote repetition of lies is quite stale itself…

        The fact remains that boar are native to this area and it’s no stretch to realize that it’s far more likely that these are a naturally occurring population then the (unfounded) claim that they were introduced by people…

        Comment by ScubaMan | February 18, 2013 | Reply

        • The range of boars includes most any location inhabited by people.

          Comment by aletho | February 18, 2013 | Reply

          • Wrong again… Here’s a map showing the natural range of the Boar… From the Wikipedia article on the boar:

            Comment by ScubaMan | February 18, 2013 | Reply

            • The map includes ALL of Eurasia short of extreme deserts or tundra.

              Comment by aletho | February 18, 2013 | Reply

              • But it doesn’t include the Americas, roughly 90% of Africa nor does it include Australia… So your claim that “the range of boars includes most any location inhabited by people” is wrong…

                I know you hate being proven wrong… Especially by me… But a word of advise, when you find yourself in a hole the first thing to do is to stop digging…

                Comment by ScubaMan | February 18, 2013 | Reply

                • Wrong scubaman, my comment did not exclude potential or natural range. Just because boars are not currently roaming Chicago is not some kind of scoop for you.

                  Comment by aletho | February 18, 2013 | Reply

                  • Regardless of what you MEANT to post as opposed to WHAT you posted, the fact remains that the area in question is the natural habitat of the boar… And therefore the claim that they were allegedly introduced by humans lacks credibility due the fact that they are a naturally occurring phenomena in that area…

                    Comment by ScubaMan | February 19, 2013 | Reply

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