In the early days of the war, four Palestinians were killed when settlers, accompanied by the military, invaded the village of Qusra in the southeast of Nablus Governorate.
Subsequently, during the funeral procession for these victims, settlers attacked again, resulting in the deaths of a father and his son.
Bilal Muhammad Saleh, a resident of Al-Sawiya village in the south of Nablus, lost his life to settler gunfire while he was picking olives from his land near the Rahlim settlement.
In a separate incident, settlers set vehicles ablaze in Deir Istiya village, located west of Salfit, and distributed leaflets that threatened citizens with a "second Nakba" unless they left the country for Jordan.
Additionally, dozens of settlers attacked Deir Sharaf village on the road between Nablus and Tulkarm, damaging several shops.
Ayman Soufan, a resident of the village of Burin in the Nablus district, told Al Majalla that, over the past year, attacks by settlers on his family had.
However, the situation reached a new level when a group of guards from the Yitzhar settlement arrived at his house after midnight during the latest Gaza war. They told him to vacate his home and threatened severe consequences for him and his family of 14, who reside on the outskirts of the settlement, if they failed to comply.
Ayman has faced a series of attacks, including vehicle and tree burnings; the latest involved intimidation and the prevention of his family from harvesting olives from trees near their home.
Nevertheless, he is resolute in his decision to stay, regardless of the outcome.
Coercion and relocation
Other settlers have succeeded in compelling residents from 15 communities to abandon their lands what is classified as Area C according to the Oslo Accords.
These areas are controlled by Israel both in terms of security and civil administration. Their residents have relocated to other towns, leaving behind their properties and memories alike.
Fayez Al-Tal, the head of the village council of Khirbet Zanuta in the southern part of Mount Hebron, situated within Area C, told Al Majalla that his family and 35 other families were forced to depart the village due to increased settler attacks on residents in the nearby outpost, along with an escalation in their incursions into the village, consisting of tents and tin houses, since 7 October.
"Our hardships have grown over the past three years following the establishment of the settlement outpost nearby," he said.
"Its founder started threatening us with eviction after taking control of livestock pastures and water wells, despite a precautionary order from the Israeli Supreme Court to maintain the status quo in the village."