The Aamer family owns about 100 acres of land just half a kilometer from their home village of Mas’ha.
But that land now lies on the other side of Israel’s apartheid wall in the occupied West Bank.
Some family members have permits from the Israeli military to reach their land, but doing so is an ordeal. Instead of a short walk, it requires a 20-kilometer detour taking hours. It also requires passing through the barrier at a specially designated gate that opens only twice a day for 15-30 minutes each time.
As a result, family members now rarely visit their land. Instead of growing labor intensive crops such as wheat and barley, they now cultivate about 200 olive trees, and that is after Israeli occupation forces uprooted another 300 trees and built roads and structures on some of their land.
The Aamer family’s land is now in the heart of Elkana, an Israeli settlement built around and on some of their land with the help of Bank Mizrahi Tefahot.
This is just one case that Human Rights Watch highlights in a new report on how all of Israel’s main banks actively participate in dispossessing Palestinians.
This Human Rights Watch animation highlights how Israel has taken over the Aamer family’s land:
Read more: How Israeli banks finance theft of Palestinian land
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