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Israel to legitimize central West Bank settlement outpost

Aug. 8, 2018 5:50 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 9, 2018 11:43 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israel is legitimizing the illegal settlement outpost of Adei Ad, built on Palestinian lands of the Turmusayya, Mughayyir, Jalud and Qaryut villages southeast of the central and northern West Bank districts of Ramallah and Nablus.

The Israeli Haaretz news outlet reported that the purpose of the expansion is to turn Adei Ad into a somewhat distant neighborhood in the illegal Amichai settlement . After the expansion, Amichai will be a large jurisdiction run by settlers in the heart of the West Bank.

The news site added that since the settlement project comes between the central West Bank district of Ramallah and northern district of Nablus, the legitimization of the settlement outpost and the expansion of the nearby Amichai settlement will enable the Israeli authorities to take control over large areas of Palestinian lands in the center of the West Bank.

The Amichai settlement was originally set up to resettle Israeli settlers who were evacuated from the Amona settlement outpost.

The Adei Ad settlement outpost, a few kilometers east of Amichai, was established on Palestinian land without licenses or the approval of the Israeli government.

According to Haarets, the Israeli Civil Administration intends to legalize a large area around Adei Ad, including the outpost itself, to nearly double the size of Amichai and to bring Adei Ad into its jurisdiction.

The settlement plan was revealed after the Israeli Civil Administration responded to Palestinian owners of lands, that the settlement was built on, and who had initiated a legal process and appealed the plan to expand the Amichai settlement.

Amichai settlement was built on Palestinian-owned lands confiscated last year, including agricultural lands with an area of ​​more than 205 dunams, under the pretext of "military purposes."
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