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Palestine: Trees uprooted to prepare for new ‘settlement’ in Bethlehem & olive trees, farmlands destroyed

“Israel”  Uproots Trees To Prepare For New Settlement In Bethlehem

by Saed Bannoura – IMEMC & Agencies

Thursday April 25, 2013, Israeli bulldozers uprooted dozens of trees on a hill close to the Jabal Abu Ghneim (Har Homa) illegal settlement, east of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, in order to pave a new road that leads to a planned settlement neighborhood of 3000 homes for Jewish settlers.

Bethlehem Governor, Abdul-Fattah Hamayil, stated that the new violation is part of a decision made by the Jerusalem City Council to build more illegal settlement units on Palestinian lands in the area.

Hamayil added that the lands in question are not part of Area A (under Palestinian control), but are located behind the illegal Israeli Annexation Wall built in the area. He said that part of these lands are being planted by their owners, and that the army did not inform the residents of its intensions to uproot the lands.

The governor called on the owners of the lands to bring land deeds and all legal documents to the Legal Unit at his office in order to file appeals in Israeli courts against the latest violation.

Settlements Researcher at the Applied Research Institute (ARIJ) Suheil Khaliliyya, stated that the road Israel is preparing for is part of settlement neighborhood “C” that includes 3000 units, and that Israel is planning to construct 800 in the first phase.

Khaliliyya said that Israel did not give landowners any legal notices as the Jerusalem City Council refers to “Har Homa” as part of Jerusalem, and not as a settlement.

He further stated that, two years ago, Israel built a water distillation plant in “Har Homa C”, as an apparent preparation for more construction and expansion of the settlements.

The researcher said that the current phase includes the construction of two settlement neighborhoods in the area, referred to as C and D, and that each neighborhood will include 3000 units.

The project is also meant to link between Givat Hamatos, Gilo and Har Homa.

He added that the constructions are meant to boost the settlement belt that aims at isolating Jerusalem from Bethlehem, effectively preventing a viable “peace agreement” that would lead to an independent and contiguous Palestinian state.

On his part, Hasan Breijiyya, coordinator of the Popular Committee Against the Wall in Bethlehem, said that what happen in Abu Ghneim is similar to what Israel recently did in Teqoua’ village, east of Bethlehem, as the army uprooted Palestinian trees close to a settlement outpost near the village in order to expand the outpost on the expense of Palestinian lands and property.

Israel’s settlement in the occupied West Bank, including in and around occupied East Jerusalem are built in direct violation of International Law and the Fourth Geneva Convention to which Israel is a signatory.

Israel’s settlements and its Annexation Wall are turning the West Bank into isolated ghettoes, and are isolating the villagers from their own orchards and farmlands.


Soldiers Uproot 700 Olive Trees Near Jenin

by IMEMC & Agencies

Thursday April 25, 2013; Israeli soldiers uprooted more than 700 olive trees in Arraba area, close to the Dotan illegal Israeli settlement, near Arraba village, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.
Local sources reported that the olive trees belong to resident Mahmoud Ad-Daheedy, from Arraba, and that the trees were planed more than seven years ago.

The Maan News Agency reported that legislator Najat Abu Baker called on human rights and legal groups to investigate the assault and oblige Israel to compensate the farmers for their losses, especially since uprooting trees and farmlands is a policy used by Israel, and its settlers, in occupied Palestine.

It is worth mentioning that Israeli settlers are also responsible for hundreds of attacks targeting Palestinian orchards, farmlands, homes and property in the occupied West Bank, including in and around occupied East Jerusalem.

These attacks include uprooting and cutting trees, burning trees and farmlands, burning Palestinian cars and property, in addition to defacing and torching several mosques and churches and writing racist graffiti against the Arabs, Muslims and Christians.


Army Invades Khan Younis, Uproots Farmlands

by Saed Bannoura – IMEMC & Agencies

Thursday April 25, 2013; several armored Israeli military vehicles and bulldozers invaded an area east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, and uprooted Palestinian farmlands before withdrawing.

The Palestine News Network (PNN) reported that three military bulldozers and four tanks stationed in military camps across the border, advanced nearly 300 meters into Palestinian farmlands, uprooted the lands, and raised sand barriers while firing live ammunition at random.

On Wednesday, the army invaded Beit Hanoun, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, and uprooted Palestinian farmlands.

The attacks are part of ongoing violations against the farmers trying to farm their lands close to the border fence in the coastal region. The army repeatedly opens fire at the farmers in an attempt to force them out of their lands; dozens of casualties have been reported.


PCHR Weekly Report: 8 wounded, 52 abducted by Israeli forces this week


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