Deir Istyia Demands Safe Access to Wadi Qana
Busy Highway 5066 connects parts of the illegal Settlement Bloc of Ariel with Tel Aviv. It also has become a de-facto check point for the farmers of Deir Istyia. Their agricultural land lies on the other side of Hwy 5066, and the agricultural roads that once connected the village with their farmland in the Wadi Qana have been closed by the Israel Occupation Forces. The villagers are resisting.
Par for the course in Occupied Palestine, demands for justice are answered with more injustice. After several weeks of peaceful village protests, Israeli Occupation Forces raid the village, ransacking homes and terrifying children.
Luckily medics are on hand. During the most recent demonstration, Occupation Forces sprayed peaceful demonstrators with pepper spray. This child is suffering its effects.
Highway 5066 is heavily traveled, especially by illegal settlers and Israeli building contractors moving equipment and building materials to the illegal settlements that surround Deir Istyia’s agricultural land. Village farmers must cross this road with their farming materials, donkeys, and flocks of goat and sheep. The closure of agricultural roads makes the crossing next to impossible, and surely very dangerous.
Guardrail is a Closed Checkpoint for DI Farmers.
Villagers will continue to resist the closure of their agricultural roads. Their way of life, a way of life that is sustainable with the environment of Palestine, depends on their access to their farmlands in the Wadi Qana valley.