The village’s designation as Area C and as a national park have subjected it to an unlawful planning regime, where building, including simple structures, is largely prohibited. Nabi Samwil became further isolated following the construction of the Annexation Wall, leaving residents to face severe movement and access restrictions due to their status as West Bank ID-holders, and the villages location to the east of the Green Line and to the west of the Wall.
In this report, Al-Haq seeks to detail the daily lives of Palestinians from Nabi Samwil, including the hardships they face due to Israel’s policies and practice that target the village. Al-Haq previously released a video, “Everything is Forbidden: Life in Nabi Samwil” which also illustrates these issues, in the words of the residents themselves.
Al-Haq also examines the Israeli narrative on the village as a “national park,” its unlawful excavation of the area surrounding the alleged tomb of the prophet Samuel (Nabi Samwil in Arabic), and Israel’s obligations under international law. Through examining the realities on the ground, Al-Haq seeks to illustrate Israel’s clear plan for the village - its emptying of Palestinians - while also underscoring the resolve of Palestinians to remain on their land.
A Link to the Executive Summary can be found here: Executive Summary: Hidden in Plain Sight: The Village of Nabi Samwil
A link to the report “Hidden in Plain Sight: the Village of Nabi Samwil”