Israel seizes 27,000 dunums of Palestinian land since Oct. 7

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OCCUPIED WEST BANK— On Saturday, the Colonization and Wall Resistance Commission reported that Israel seized 27,000 dunums of Palestinian land following October 7, 2023. اضافة اعلان

This includes 15,000 dunums under the guise of adjusting boundaries of natural reserves in Jericho and the Jordan Valley, and 11,000 dunums through three orders declaring them state lands in Jerusalem and Nablus, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.

The commission reported on the 48th Land Day and the six months since Israel's war on the Gaza Strip. They indicated that Israel seized 230 dunums through 24 confiscation orders for military purposes, hindering future Palestinian access to thousands of dunums.

The commission stated that the area of Palestinian lands under occupation, subject to numerous occupation measures, reached 2,380 km², equivalent to 42 percent of the total West Bank area, and 69 percent of the classified C areas under military occupation.

The Head of the Commission, Muayyad Shaban noted that Israel had begun to establish buffer zones around settlements through a series of military orders, starting with the ‘Rafafa’ settlement on Palestinian lands in Salfit, preventing access to 384 dunums. This was followed by the ‘Harsha’ enclave on Palestinian lands in the western farm in Ramallah, preventing access to 252 dunums, and then in Deir Dibwan east of Ramallah, specifically around the ‘Mitzpe Dani’ settlement, preventing access to 320 dunums.

Shaban warned of the expansion of this plan to include other settlements, further isolating lands and preventing Palestinian access with military and security pretexts.

He added that following Israel's war on Gaza, planning bodies in the occupation state had studied a total of 52 structural plans, aiming to build a total of 8,829 settlement units on an area of 6,852 dunums. Approval was given for 1,895 units, while 6,934 new settlement units were deposited.

These plans focused on Jerusalem with 13 structural plans, most of them in the ‘Ma'ale Adumim’ settlement, including the approval of a structural plan following the cabinet's approval of the ‘legalization’ of a settlement outpost called Mishmar Yehuda. This was followed by Bethlehem with nine structural plans for settlements mostly concentrated in the ‘Beitar Illit’ and ‘Efrat’ settlements, followed by Salfit with eight structural plans for settlements, mostly for the benefit of the Ariel settlement. Then Ramallah with seven structural plans for various settlements distributed throughout the governorate.

Settlers established 11 settlement outposts, in addition to carving out five roads to facilitate settlers' movement and connect outposts to existing settlements.

IOF aggression and settler attacks: Impact on Palestinian communities and land

Shaban further noted that since October 7, the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) and settlers had carried out nearly 9,700 attacks, with 1,592 attacks concentrated in Jerusalem, followed by 1,471 attacks in Nablus, and 1,436 attacks in Hebron, while settlers carried out a total of 1,156 attacks, mostly in Nablus with 388 attacks and Hebron with 276 attacks. These attacks resulted in killing 12 Palestinians by settlers.

The number of attacks carried out by the IOF reached nearly 8,545 attacks, providing protection to settlers in 194 terrorist incidents.

He added that following the aggression, occupation measures and settler terrorism led to the displacement of 25 Palestinian Bedouin communities, consisting of 220 families and totaling 1,277 individuals, from their places of residence to other locations. The latest was the displacement of the Sakhan community in the Central Jordan Valley and the takeover by settlers.

According to the report, the occupation authorities' measures and settler attacks prevented Palestinians from accessing more than half a million dunums of agricultural land, especially olive groves during the last olive harvest season, resulting in a significant decrease in the season's yield. There were systematic targeting indicators of Palestinian trees, especially olive trees, with the commission documenting attacks on more than 9,600 Palestinian trees by smashing, uprooting, and poisoning, most of which were olive trees.

The report also stated that the number of permanent and temporary checkpoints dividing Palestinian lands and imposing restrictions on the movement of individuals and goods reached a total of 840 military checkpoints and gates, including more than 140 gates set up since October 7.

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