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Latin Patriarchate objects to Israel's seizure of its land in Jordan Valley

Nov. 28, 2018 4:17 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 29, 2018 5:34 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem objected, on Wednesday, Israel’s seizure of land that belongs to the church, in the northern Jordan Valley.

The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem said in a statement that it received a copy of the appropriation of hundreds of dunams of land belonging to the church in the northern Jordan Valley.

The statement said, “The Patriarchate is looking into the aspects of this decision in order to address it in the appropriate manner, have it contested and to stop further damage.”

In addition, the Islamic Christian Council said that the Israeli authorities seized 267 dunams (66 acres) of church land in the Palestinian villages of Bardala and Tayasir in the northern occupied West Bank district of Tubas and the northern Jordan Valley.

The council added Israel claimed the appropriation of the land was for “military purposes,” in order to turn it into an army camp, which is a “blatant violation of humanitarian law.”

Mutaz Bisharat, a Palestinian official in charge of Jordan Valley's Israeli settlements file at the Palestinian Authority (PA), said that the seizure is a strategy which seeks to control the land and expand illegal Israeli settlements across the Jordan Valley.

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