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Launch event | The Wild West: Grazing, seizing and looting by Israeli settlers in the West Bank

20 June 2022

Shepherding outposts – set up by Israeli settlers in violation of international law – have become one of the most significant mechanisms for land seizure in the West Bank.

Residents of these outposts, who engage in farming activities, use land in adjacent areas for purposes of grazing and herding livestock, thus displacing Palestinian farming communities. Accompanying incidents of violence against Palestinians are generally neither prevented nor investigated by the Israeli military or security forces. 

As reported in The Guardian, Kerem Navot, a local NGO focused on Israeli land policies in the West Bank, has documented the growth of shepherding outposts and their impact on Palestinian communities in a new digital map platform and report titled “The Wild West: Grazing, seizing and looting by Israeli settlers in the West Bank”. Drawing on several years of fieldwork, the report maps existing farm outposts as well as areas that have become inaccessible to Palestinian shepherds as a result. At present, there are 77 such outposts, 46 of which were established between 2017 and 2021 alone, which points to a sharp increase in recent years. Taken together, Kerem Navot estimates that these outposts have led to settler control over 60,000 acres of land in the West Bank.  

To formally mark the publication of the digital map platform and report, Kerem Navot and the Diakonia IHL Centre, which provided funding for this project, will hold a virtual launch event on Thursday 30 June from 16.00 to 17.00 Jerusalem time, during which Dror Etkes, the founding director of Kerem Navot, will present its main findings.   

How to register:

Please register your participation via this link by Wednesday 29 June at 18.00 Jerusalem time. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link via email.