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Israel to uproot 70 olive trees in Jordan Valley

Sept. 2, 2018 1:10 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 3, 2018 11:57 A.M.)
Jordan Valley (Ma'an) -- The Israeli Civil Administration delivered a notice regarding the uprooting of about 70 Palestinian-owned olive trees in the Jordan Valley area, in the northern occupied West Bank.

Moataz Bisharat, the Palestinian official in charge of Jordan Valley’s Israeli settlements file at the Palestinian Authority (PA), said that Israeli authorities notified him that about 70 olive trees will be uprooted under the pretext that the area is archeological.

Bisharat confirmed that the olive trees belong to Palestinian resident, Najib Turki Faqha.

Bisharat stressed that Israeli forces confiscated dozens of acres of Palestinian-owned land in the area, in order for Israeli settlers to build new illegal Israeli settlements.

The Jordan Valley forms a third of the occupied West Bank, with 88 percent of its land classified as Area C -- under full Israeli military control.

International rights organisations consider the continuation of the Israeli campaign which targets Palestinians in the Jordan Valley, whether though confiscations, demolitions or evictions under the pretext of holding military exercises, as a violation of international humanitarian law.

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