Days of Palestine – Ramallah
Israeli occupatiopn military bulldozers razed Palestinian land last night in the village of Haris, north of the northern West Bank city of Salfit, in order to expand an illegal settlement, according to a local official.
Omar Samara, head of Haris village council, told the official WAFA news agency that the bulldozers razed a large area west of the village as the military government prepares to expand the illegal settlement of Kiryat Nitavim.
The expansions of nearby settlements and the construction of Israel's notorious separation barrier have cut off much of the village's land from its people. It has been estimated that 65 percent of the village’s lands will be cut off by Israel once the barrier's construction is completed.
Israel has occupied the West Bank since the 1967 Middle East war, and illegally settled hundreds of thousands of its citizens there. The continued expansion of settlements has made a solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict an ever more remote possibility.
In February, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced he planned to authorise the construction of some 3,500 homes for Jewish settlers in one of the most sensitive areas of the occupied West Bank, which will link Kfar Adumim and Maale Adumim settlements with East Jerusalem.