Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Army confiscates 321 dunams of Palestinians lands in Ramallah

In what seems to be an attempt to nullify a ruling by the Israeli High Court, allowing the Palestinians to use bypass road #443, Israel decided to illegally expropriate 321 Dunams of Palestinian lands, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

The military decision robs 321 Dunams (79.3 Acres) of privately owned Palestinian lands belonging to residents of Beit ‘Or al-Foqa village, Beit ‘Arik village and the town of Betunia.

Head of Beit ‘Or al-Foqa Village Council Rami ‘Alawi said Israel is alleging the decision was made due to “security considerations,” while in fact, "is nothing but theft of Palestinian orchards containing thousands of olive trees."

‘Alawi stated the “decision is vague and ambiguous, and would lead to completing the chain of illegal colonies surrounding the village along with the military base in the area.”

He added the decision also prevents the villagers from using road #443, or even approach it, which turns it into another settler-only road.

The road has already led to the illegal annexation of thousands of Dunams of lands belonging to residents of various villages, west of Ramallah, as it also links with Jerusalem and historic Palestine.

Israel started denying the Palestinians access to the road since the beginning of the Al-Aqsa Intifada in late September 2000. more


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