Photo from Jaloud village

Israel to confiscate 1,250 acres of Palestinian land, north of the West Bank


The Israeli authorities on Saturday delivered notices to the Palestinian village of Jaloud in the northern occupied West Bank, alerting residents that 5,000 dunams (1,250 acres) of private land were slated for confiscation in what appeared to be the retroactive legalization of illegal outposts in the area.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official in charge of the illegal Israeli settlements file in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, said the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and Israeli authorities have decided to illegally annex hundreds of Dunams of privately-owned Palestinian lands near Nablus and Ramallah.

Daghlas said the lands belong to villagers of Jaloud, and the villagers of al-Mogheer and Turmus Ayya.

“The occupation forces issued the decision to steal hundreds of Dunams of land from Jaloud village, south of Nablus, in addition to the villages of Turmus Ayya and al-Mogheer, north of Ramallah”, Daghlas said, adding that, “The Israeli army said the decision comes out of so-called military considerations.”

The areas marked by the IOF are: Khallat al-Wusta, Shieb Khallat al-Wusta, and Abu al-Kasbar.

However, the illegal outposts of Adei Ad, Esh Kodesh, Ahiya, and Kidah have already been established in the areas, marking the confiscation as Israel’s most recent retroactive legalization of unauthorized settlement construction.

In addition, according to local sources, a significant segment of the hundreds of Dunams that Israel is illegally confiscating from Jaloud village, and from Tumors Ayya, will actually be used for paving a road linking Shilo illegal settlement with an outpost east of it.

This new Israeli illegal annexation order comes while the Israeli Supreme Court in occupied Jerusalem is still looking into similar cases, filed by Jaloud villagers through Yesh Din – Volunteers for Human Rights, an Israeli human rights group, against illegal Israeli settlements built on villagers’ lands.

“This is a very serious and dangerous decision; it aims at establishing a major colonialist bloc through the illegal confiscation of thousands of Dunams of Palestinian lands, after declaring them ‘state lands’. What is happening in Ein Jaloud, is part of that process,” Daghlas stated.

“Israel is also planning to retroactively legalize colonialist outposts, established on villagers’ lands in Ein Jalud,” he added, “This decision is an attempt to override the outstanding cases with the Supreme Court.”

Jaloud is a small Palestinian village located east of Salfit Governorate and south east of Nablus, in the north of the occupied West Bank. The village bordered by Talfit and Qusra towns form the north, the illegal settlements of Shilo and Shuvut Rahel from the south, Eli and Ma’aleh Levona illegal settlements from the west and southwest, Duma village as well as the Israeli bypass road 3 60 from the east.

These Israeli practices in the occupied West Bank constitute a grave breach for the International law rules and conventions where it refuses to comply with the International law and legitimacy for more than 60 years.

The  existence of the Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and their expansions are illegal and contradicts with the international law rules, United Nations Security Council Resolutions such as 237 (1967), 271 (1969), 446 (1979),  452 (1979) ,465 (1980).

Under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted and proclaimed by General Assembly resolution 217 A (III) of, December 10, 1948, Article 17 reads: ‘No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.’ Which means it bans Israel from destroying or confiscating the property of the Palestinians at any case.

Article XXXI of the 1995 Oslo agreement: Israel is forbidden from building or planning to any project or settlements or any colonial expansion or any plan that lead to change the status of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The article provides “Neither side shall initiate or take any step that will change the status of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip pending the outcome of the permanent status negotiations”.

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