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Israel to confiscate Palestinian lands in Silwan

Aug. 11, 2018 12:36 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 13, 2018 1:28 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli municipality in Jerusalem decided on Friday to confiscate dozens of dunams of land in the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan, in occupied East Jerusalem.

According to the Wadi Hilweh Information Center, the Israeli municipality staff members delivered notices informing local residents about the municipality's intention to confiscate the mentioned lands for "gardening purposes."

The center said in a statement that the lands to be confiscated are the property of local Palestinian residents, who hold official paperwork confirming their ownership.

The center added that some parts of the lands to be confiscated belong to the Greek Orthodox Church.

Palestinian residents of Silwan believe that Israel aims to completely confiscate their land, saying that they will appeal to the Israeli authorities to protect their lands, since they have ownership rights.

Recently, Israel has been confiscating Palestinian lands in occupied East Jerusalem neighborhoods, in order to gain control of the area to establish an illegal Israeli settlement project under the title of "national parks."

"National parks" are meant to help annex more Palestinian lands to maintain a Jeiwsh majority in occupied East Jerusalem under the pretext of being built for recreational purposes.

Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, commented on the "national parks" plan calling it "illegal and dangerous, as it will deepen Israel's control over Palestinian lands in East Jerusalem."

Silwan is one of many Palestinian neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem that is seeing an influx of Israeli settlers. There are eight illegal Israeli settlement outposts in Silwan, the first one being under Israeli settler control since 2004.

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