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Plans to prevent Israeli seizure of Palestinian land

Aug. 5, 2018 1:23 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 6, 2018 11:09 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Bethlehem Governor, Jibrin al-Bakri, confirmed on Sunday a strategic plan is in the works to strengthen the steadfastness of the Palestinians, in light of increasing Israeli attempts to seize lands in the occupied West Bank.

Jibrin al-Bakri said in an interview with Mawtani radio, in accordance with the recommendations and decisions made by the Palestinian Authority (PA), he is working on guiding Palestinians through legal framework to secure their lands. As well as prevent attempts by Israel to seize more Palestinian land.

He revealed that Israel has targeted 82% of lands located in the southern West Bank district of Bethlehem to continue illegal Israeli settlement expansion.

During the interview, al-Bakri pointed out that Israeli bulldozers constantly raze and level Palestinian lands, south of the Bethlehem district.

The slow, yet successful seizure of Palestinian land is an implementation of a new illegal settlement plan approved by Israel to establish about 1,700 housing units over the next five years as part of the on-going Israeli expansion into the region.

According to settlement watchdog Peace Now, in the year and a half since President Trump took office some 14,454 units in the West Bank has been approved, which is more than three times the amount that was approved in the year and half before his inauguration (4,476 units).

“The Netanyahu government is clearly continuing to take advantage of the carte blanche the Trump Administration has given it in order to destroy the chances for peace,” Peace Now said.

Since the occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in 1967, between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis have moved into Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory, in violation of international law.

The estimated 196 government recognized Israeli settlements scattered across the Palestinian territory are all considered illegal under international law.

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