The Israeli army has renewed a military order to confiscate Palestinian lands located between the governorates of Jerusalem and Ramallah, citing “military necessities.”
According to Muayyad Shaban, the head of the Wall and Settlement Resistance Commission, the Israeli occupation has extended the order to seize 350 dunams (approximately 86 acres) of land in the villages of Qatna, Al-Qubeiba, and Beit Anan, northwest of Jerusalem, as well as the town of Beit Liqya, west of Ramallah.
Shaban stated in a press release on Thursday that Israel initially seized these lands in 2004, claiming they were for military purposes, subsequently preventing Palestinians from accessing or using them.
He pointed out that such military orders are part of a wider strategy to reinforce apartheid policies and expand settlement projects.
Shaban emphasized that Israel’s control over Palestinian lands represents a violation of basic principles of international law and international resolutions that condemn settlement activities and the occupation of Palestinian territories.
According to Shaban, since 2014, Israel has issued a total of 85 military orders for land confiscation for military purposes, covering an area of 1,822 dunams (approximately 450 acres) of Palestinian land.
Most of these orders, according to the Wall and Settlement Resistance Commission, involve the establishment or expansion of military points and installations or the construction of roads used by the Israeli army.
During the same period, Israeli authorities also issued a total of 226 orders renewing previous orders that had been issued a decade or two earlier and had expired according to military regulations.
He warned of the dangerous manipulation of the legal framework in Palestinian territories prior to the Israeli occupation in 1967, which favored the interests of the occupying state and its settlement project.