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Water pipeline for illegal settlements to harm Palestinian farmers

Dec. 9, 2018 3:25 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 12, 2018 9:56 A.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israel’s plan to build a 7-kilometer long water pipeline between two illegal Israeli settlements in the northern occupied West Bank is going to harm several Palestinian farmers, whose land will be affected by the pipeline that will go through their land, according to Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank.

The Palestinian Authority (PA)-owned news agency, Wafa, reported that Daghlas said, "Several Palestinian landowners and farmers in the Nablus-area villages of Qusra and Jaloud were informed by the Israeli military government that the water pipeline between the illegal settlements of Shavot Rahel and Migdalim, which were illegally built on land belonging to both of the villages, is going to go through their land, meaning the farmers will not be able to cultivate a large area of their land located near the pipeline."

Daghlas said the pipeline will go through four kilometers in Jaloud village, thus affecting seven plots of land and through Qusra village, affecting three plots of land.

He stressed, “The water pipeline will cause heavy damage to agricultural land and its owners will not be allowed to work a distance of several meters from the pipes, in addition to the damage that will be caused to the land when the bulldozers start extending the pipes, most of which will pass through Jaloud and Qusra lands.”

He noted that the Israeli military order mentioned that the landowners or residents along the track of the pipeline were “entitled to seek compensation from the project owners for any damage caused to them” as a result of the work and that they may appeal the compensation decision.

Daghlas added that the landowners “will not be allowed to object to the extension of the water line through their land,” which will be destroyed due to it since a road is normally constructed along the path of the water pipeline and no one will be allowed near it.

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