Deir Istiya // دير إستيا


Known for its expansive olive tree orchads, the village of Deir Istiya in the Salfit governorate is home to some 3,000 people (and also to IWPS teams on the ground). Around half the village’s land has been confiscated by the Israeli occupation for illegal colony expansion.


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29 October 2014 Israeli army blocks Deir Istiya
28 October 2014 Recycling project in Deir Istiya
23 October 2014 A village closed by Israeli army
25 August 2014 Palestinians in Israeli occupation prisons: Update and take action!
10 August 2014 Quiet Deir Istiya under Israeli army attack – and Deir Istiya resists
23 July 2014 Collective punishment: Occupation closes main road to Deir Istiya
9 June 2014 Join us! IWPS launches Wadi Qana project
30 May 2014 The occupation never sleeps
12 May 2014 Settler sewage kills olive trees, threatens Palestinian health
5 May 2014 Occupation spits sewage onto the olive tree
2 May 2014 Colonist sewage leak discovered in Wadi Qana
20 April 2014 And they don’t ask… Wadi Qana poetry
6 April 2014 IWPS Update Spring 2014
29 May 2013 Donkey rescue operation
1 May 2013 Municipality warns of settlers attacking the mosque


Settler incursion into Wadi Qana (8 December 2011)
“A group of settlers with dogs descended into Wadi Qana early this morning and left at around 11 am.”

IWPS Incident Report: Tragic Accident (9 November 2011)
“The village of Deir Istiya today mourns the loss of Abdul Muttaleb Muhammad Hakim, a 45-year-old father of 5 who was killed in a traffic collision.”

IWPS Incident Report: IDF turns back olive harvest accompaniers (9 November 2011)
“The family had prior permission from the army to pick. On our arrival the settlement security called the army.”

Destruction and Environmental Degradation (11 April 2011)
“Nineteen olive trees are uprooted in the Wadi Qana by the Israeli occupation forces because they claim the area is a natural preserve and agriculture is outlawed. This even though the Wadi Qana has been used for agriculture by the Palestinians for hundreds of years.”

A Visit to Khirbet Shadi (2011?)
“Nobody is sure how long the village has been there, except that is existed during the Roman occupation, so it is at least 1,500 years old. The ruins attest to this… the ancient threshing wheels as well as the decorative stone works help to date the village.”


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