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Israel confiscates 4000-square-meters of tiles in Nablus

Feb. 19, 2019 4:00 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 20, 2019 4:08 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces seized 4000-square-meters of tiles from a Palestinian park in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus, on Tuesday afternoon.

Head of the Sabastiya municipality and a mutual service council, Muhammad Aazem, told Ma’an that Israeli forces seized 4000 square-meters of tiles from the al-Masudiya area, northwest of Nablus city.

The tiles belong to a Palestinian identified as Muhammad Jaber Salem from the Bazariya village.

Aazem added that the seizure comes under the pretext that the park is located in Area C that is under full Israeli military control, pointing out that the confiscated tiles were transferred to the illegal Israeli settlement of Beit El in the central West Bank.

He stressed that Israel always attempts to prevent development, especially projects aiming to develop tourism.

Additionally, Khalid Tamimi, who runs the park/exhibition from which the tiles were confiscated, told Palestinian Authority (PA)-owned Wafa News and Information Agency that the confiscated tiles are worth 100,000 Israeli shekels (approximately $27,600.)

Israeli forces had reportedly raided the exhibition last Thursday and verbally ordered Tamimi to remove the tiles; Israeli forces returned, on Sunday, and allowed Tamimi 24 hours to evict the site. However, Tamimi said he was only able to remove 2000 square-meters out of the 6000 tiles there.

Israeli forces regularly confiscate and demolish Palestinian structures deemed as illegal by the Israeli government, most commonly in Area C, the area of the West Bank under full Israeli security and civilian control.

Israel rarely grants Palestinians permits to build in Area C, forcing most Palestinians to build without permits.

All building in Area C, whether by Palestinians or Jewish settlers, comes under the jurisdiction of the Israeli Civil Administration, which has full control over all zoning and planning issues.

In practice, almost all Palestinian applications for a building permit are rejected, with the Civil Administration granting only a handful of permits.

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