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Israel seizes Palestinian lands for illegal settlement

Nov. 5, 2018 4:25 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 6, 2018 12:27 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces seized reportedly 155 dunams (38 acres) of Palestinian-owned land, in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah, the al-Lubban al-Gharbi village council confirmed on Monday.

According to sources from the al-Lubban al-Gharbi village council, Israel seized the land to open a bypass road for the illegal Israeli settlement of Beit Arye, built on lands belonging to Palestinian residents of the village.

The village council also called on residents of the village to prepare the necessary papers and documents, proving ownership of the lands, to provide to the Local committee against the Separation Wall and Settlement and specialized sides, in order to appeal the decision.

Settlement watchdog Peace Now reported that 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.

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