Israel confiscates 11,000 dunums of Palestinian land in Jordan Valley

Oct 19,2020

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to annex the entire Jordan Valley to Israel's sovereignty if he was re-elected as prime minister.

Israeli occupation announced on Sunday taking over about 11,000 dunums of (1,000 hectares) of Palestinian farmland in northern Jordan Valley region in occupied West Bank.

Qasem Awwad, a spokesman of the Palestinian Authority's Apartheid Wall and Settlement Resistance Commission, said the Israeli confiscation order comes under the pretext of transferring the property of the land to three natural reserves in the area.

Awwad said that this is the pretext that the Israeli occupation has used sometimes to serve the illegal settlement construction and expansion project.

He also said that most of the land confiscated is located in areas adjacent to the illegal settlements of Rotem, Maskiyot, and Mesovah, which proves that the reason for confiscation is expanding the areas of the Israeli settlements rather than allocating more land for the natural reserves.

The official added that since the announcement of the US deal of the century in January, Israeli occupation authorities approved the construction of over 12,000 settlement units in the occupied West Bank settlements.

Earlier this year, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to annex the entire Jordan Valley to Israel's sovereignty if he was re-elected as prime minister.

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