Israel seizes 8,000 dunums of land in Jordan Valley

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AMMAN — On Friday, the Colonization and Wall Resistance Commission reported that the Israeli government seized 8,000 dunums of land in the Jordan Valley, described by anti-settlement activists as the largest such action in occupied Palestinian territories in decades.اضافة اعلان

 The Head of the Commission, Muayyad Shaban stated that with the approval of Israeli Minister of Finance Avigdor Lieberman, the Israeli government continues its plan to seize control of Palestinian lands under various pretexts, including declaring state lands for the benefit of settlement expansion, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.

Shaban explained that 2024 witnessed the ‘largest seizure operation’ under the pretext of state lands in years, totaling 10,640 dunums in two separate announcements. The first, a month ago, targeted lands in Al-Azariya and Abu Dis, seizing 2,640 dunums. The second, on Friday, targeted lands in the Jordan Valley, amounting to 8,000 dunums for the expansion of the Yafit settlement built on the lands of citizens in the village of Fasayil in Jericho Governorate, in addition to another 500 dunums seized at the end of 2023 from the lands of Jab'a village in Jerusalem.

He added that these recent land seizure operations aim to connect existing settlements, leading to the isolation and suffocation of Palestinian villages, completely cutting off their communication.

Shaban urged Palestinians to continue legally thwarting these plans by building legal files to refute Israel’s claims, and popularly by not leaving these lands, insisting on staying and continuing farming them, emphasizing that all Israeli measures violate international laws and the legal system that explicitly prohibits the forceful control of occupied land.

Additionally, the Israeli anti-settlement organization, Peace Now, condemned the seizure of these lands in the area located on the eastern slopes of the West Bank, as the ‘largest’ since the signing of the Oslo Accords with the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in 1993.

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates also condemned Lieberman's decision to seize 8,000 dunums of the Jordan Valley and declare them ‘state lands’ as a prelude to allocating them for settlement expansion.

In a statement issued on Friday, the Ministry considered this act a ‘real crime’ within the framework of an official policy rushing to annex the West Bank and erase the opportunity to realize the Palestinian state.

It viewed that “there are no limits to the Israeli right-wing's crimes, and no constraints from ethics, values, principles, or international decisions can stop the extremist Israeli theft of our people's cause and their extermination and the liquidation of their rights."

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