Israel to annex 400 hectares in West Bank

Published Sunday, August 31, 2014

Israel announced plans on Sunday to expropriate 400 hectares (988 acres) of Palestinian land in the Bethlehem area in the south of the occupied West Bank, the military said.

"On the instructions of the political echelon... 4,000 dunams at (the settlement of) Gevaot is declared as state land," the army department charged with administering civil affairs in occupied territory said, adding that concerned parties have 45 days to appeal.

The Etzion settlements council welcomed Sunday's announcement, and said it was the prelude to expansion of the current Gevaot settlement.

It "paves the way for the new city of Gevaot", a statement said.

Settlement watchdog Peace Now expressed alarm.

"As far as we know, this declaration is unprecedented in its scope since the 1980s and can dramatically change the reality in the Gush Etzion and the Bethlehem areas," it said in a statement.

"Peace Now views this declaration as proof that Prime Minister (Benjamin) Netanyahu does not aspire for a new 'Diplomatic Horizon', but rather he continues to put obstacles to the two-state vision and promote a one-state solution.

"By declaring another 4,000 dunams as state land, the Israeli government stabs (Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas) and the moderate Palestinian forces in the back, proving again that violence delivers Israeli concessions while non-violence results in settlement expansion," it said.

(AFP)

Comments

What makes Israel any different from Russia in just deciding to waltz in and take over someone elses land? The world is f.....g mad with nutcases everywhere!
ISRAEL......GET OUT OF PALESTINE!

Leave Palestinian lands alone! GET OUT!

'45 days to appeal' ..... in an Israeli court ?
wonders will never cease !

It is in the best interests of the people of the Middle East for them to create
A LARGE LAW FIRM

STAFFED BY ANY & MANY LAWYER
YOUNG LAWYERS WHO ARE WILLING
TO CUT THEIR TEETH ON THE GLOBAL LEGAL STAGE
WHO WILL PRESENT IN ANY & EVER LEGAL VENUE
TO FURTHER THE CAUSE
COURAGEOUSLY & RUTHLESSLY
WHO ARE INTERESTED IN WORKING TO
INSTIL / REINSTATE
LAW & ORDER IN THE WHOLE REGION
BECAUSE IT IS THE WAY TO ACHIEVE
THE ONLY WAY TO ACHIEVE SUCCESSFULLY & DEFINATELY

I can only dream.................

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