'Israeli authorities have confiscated thousands of square meters of private Palestinian land and isolated five villages in the northeastern part of the occupied West Bank, as the Tel Aviv regime goes ahead with land expropriation and settlement construction policies in violation of international law and UN Security Council resolutions.
Mutaz Bisharat, an official who monitors Israel’s settlement activity in the Jordan Valley, told Arabic-language Voice of Palestine radio station on Tuesday that officials had seized 51,000 dunams (51 kilometers meters) of Palestinian-owned land, isolated 5 villages and took control of water springs, agricultural machinery as well as solar cells in the regions.
5/ Some 57% of the land in the Jordan Valley has been declared a closed military zone, also known as “firing zones”, where Israeli army forces routinely train using live ammunition and explosive devices. https://t.co/vGrTooz73l
— John Obbo (@jfjabbo) April 14, 2019
Bisharat added that the Israeli regime’s policy in isolating villages of the Tubas district is very clear, stressing that these areas were marked as closed military areas banning their owners from entering without an Israeli-issued permit.
He stressed that Israel aims to expel Palestinians from the area under its plan to seize the Jordan Valley area.
ISMPalestine "#Israel yesterday distributed notices to #Palestinians informing it of its plan to seize 95 acres of #Palestinian agricultural land in the northern #JordanValley.
Read more here: https://t.co/NJ7und9Wg2#landgrab #FreePalestine pic.twitter.com/vvw3fySWDY"
— Richard Hardigan (@RichardHardigan) April 11, 2019
In February, Ir Amim, an Israeli NGO opposing Tel Aviv’s settlement expansion activities, published a new map that illustrated an “accelerated, intensifying chain of new facts on the ground in the most historically contested and politically sensitive part of Jerusalem [al-Quds]: the Old City and adjacent ring of Palestinian neighborhoods,” which help reinforcement of settlement plans.
The NGO pointed to a number of Israeli-sponsored settlement campaigns inside Palestinian neighborhoods, including “settler initiated evictions of Palestinians, takeovers of their homes, and the expansion of settler compounds,” in addition to the use of the so-called “touristic settlement sites” as “key points” contributing to the campaigns.'
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