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Israel Seizes Large Areas of Land to expand Settlements in West Bank

The  National Bureau for Defending Land and Resisting Settlements said in his latest weekly report , that the occupied West Bank witnesses more confiscation of lands in favor of the so-called the “security track” of the separation wall, and settlement in area C, where the Israeli Occupation seized 2522 donums in the West Bank of which 129 in the Daheria and Samo’ towns, 243 donums in the Sorif village, 150 donums in the Beit-Kiqia, 2000 donums in the Jab’ village, Bethlem, 500 donums in the Hizma town, 66 donums in the Beit Duqu. It also renewed its notification of the seizure of about 190 donums of Palestinian land in Anata village, east of occupied Jerusalem.

In Nablus, 124 dunums were seized from the lands of Majdal Bani Fadhil and Douma villages. It also received 36 dunums of agricultural land in Tubas province. It also seized 36 donums of agricultural land in the Tubas Governorate.

In addition, other decisions were approved to seize 3,000 donums of Yatta lands to the south of Hebron, a military order issued in 1996 to seize large areas estimated about 250,000 donums from the south of the city of Jericho till the Dahereia town south of Hebron. In the Tulkarm and Jenin Governorates, the Occupation announced to seize 100s of donums in favor of the construction of the apartheid wall, it handed over a notification to the Ya’bad Municipality West of Jenin, to seize 409 donums of its land, Barta’a, Tora’, Qafin, Arqa, Zabda, Nazlat Zeid and Dahr Al-Abed.

In the Hebron Governorate, the Israeli occupation began to open a road with a length of 7 km, which will be called “the heart of Judea”. It is expected to be open for traffic in 2022.

In an unprecedented move, the Israeli Occupation State has recently approved a special government support of about NIS 8,000,000 as a grant for filmmakers living in West Bank settlements, an attempt which aims to impose its laws on the West Bank, paving the way for the annexation of its settlements to the sovereignty of the occupation. Israeli Minister of Culture, Meri Regev said that the Israeli Film Council decided to support film production in West Bank settlements for the first time in the history.

On the other hand, settlement movements are still putting the Khan Al-Ahmar on its agenda to implement its plans of displacing the Bedouin communities there as the Settlement Reghafim Movement has appealed to the high court on this regard. Avraham Benjamin, spokesperson of the government said the government pledged to displace the village, and that “another postponement after the decision in the wake of the fourth petition is a prejudice to the status of the court and the interests of the State of Israel.

The EU reiterated that all settlement activity in the occupied territories is illegal under international law and undermines the viability of a two-state solution, and the prospects for lasting peace. The EU also called on Israel to end all settlement activities, in line with its obligations as an occupying power, and considered that the approval by the Israeli occupation authorities of a building permit for the construction of a new tunnel road enhances the partition of the West Bank

Source: The National Bureau for Defending Land and Resisting Settlements

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