Israeli authorities expropriate 22,000 dunums of land near Jericho

Ahram Online , Thursday 5 May 2022

Israeli authorities announced Thursday the expropriation of 22,000 dunums (about 5,436 acres) of Palestinian-owned land to the south of Jericho city in the occupied West Bank, according to local sources.

Arab Israeli protestors hold up Palestinian national flags during a demonstration on May 5, 2022, a near city of Sakhnin in northern Israel, on May 5, 2022 ahead of the Palestinian marking of the 74th anniversary of the Nakba, the catastrophe of Israel s creation in 1948. AFP


Younes Jaafar, a Palestinian rights activist, told Palestinian News Agency (WAFA) that the land expropriated by the Israeli military order belongs to the village of Sawahera Al-Sharqiya, and is part of the E1 Israeli colonial project.

The project, initiated first in 2012, is aimed at isolating Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank and disrupting the territorial contiguity between the northern and southern parts of the West Bank.

Israel uses the Absentee Property Law to claim the lands it forced the Palestinians to abandon in the 1948 and 1967 wars. It also deploys a range of tactics to declare all unregistered lands – left out by the Ottoman and British authorities and believed to be two-thirds of the West Bank – as possible state land.

This came hours after Israeli occupation police forces stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque Thursday morning and occupied it to allow for settlers to enter the mosque, according to media reports.

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