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Israel to confiscate 1079 dunums in Jordan Valley

Sept. 14, 2018 11:27 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 16, 2018 9:36 A.M.)
JERICHO (Ma'an) -- The Israeli authorities delivered confiscation notices for hundreds of dunums of Palestinian-owned lands in the Jordan Valley, in the northern occupied West Bank, on Thursday evening.

Mutaz Bisharat, a Palestinian official in charge of Jordan Valley's Israeli settlements file at the Palestinian Authority (PA), told Ma'an that the Israeli authorities delivered confiscation notices to residents in the al-Ras al-Ahmar area in the Jordan Valley.

Bisharat added that about 1,079 dunums (267 acres) are under threat of confiscation, pointing out that the notice did not mention reasons of the confiscation.

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 organizations 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.

Since the beginning of the 1967 occupation of the West Bank, Israel has confiscated hundreds of thousands of dunums by declaring it state land.

Israeli authorities in 1968 banned Palestinians from registering their lands and subsequently took advantage of previously low rates of land registration to confiscate areas currently or previously in use by locals but not registered as such.

The confiscated lands are then used to construct Jewish-only settlements on the land, while further confiscation often uses the pretext of the settlements' security.

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