Upon the US President’s visit to the region, the Israeli occupation government announced, today Thursday, its confiscation of 1,480 dunams of the lands of the cities in Ramallah and Nablus in favor of settlement expansion in the region.
The announcement included the confiscation of villages of Jalud and Qaryut, south of Nablus, and Turmusaya and al-Mughayyir, north of Ramallah.
The Beit El municipality, north of Ramallah, also announced the establishment of new units in the settlement.
Activist, Fadia Al-Barghouti said that the announced confiscation of more than 1,400 dunums of Ramallah and Nablus lands proves the continuation of the greedy seizure and public theft of the remaining lands from the West Bank.
She added that this settlement incursion seeks to sever the West Bank into small, easy-to-control chunks, and turn them into separate residential communities, to control and isolate easily whenever and however they want.
She pointed out that the first policies of the Israeli occupation were isolating the West Bank from the occupied territories in 1948 (what Palestinians call the interior) and the Gaza Strip, and now it is slowly and gradually isolating the areas of the West Bank internally from each other, and this is a serious matter that has grave effects on the security, economy, and geography of the area
Al-Barghouti stressed that the Zionist government is working hard to satisfy the Israeli settlers and their needs at the expense of the rights and freedoms of the Palestinian people.
These dangerous confiscations are only fought with a feeble response at the official level and a faint presence of relevant institutions such as the Committee to Combat the Wall and Settlement, whose role is limited to publishing statistics on the number of confiscated areas and weekly violations.
She indicated that resisting land confiscation is an important issue and all regions should follow in the footsteps of the villages that succeeded in thwarting these plans, such as Beit Dajan, Beita, Ni’lin, and others.
Al-Barghouti pointed out that the confiscation continues and the greed does not stop, and unfortunately, it took place in dozens of areas, so great strides must be taken, officially and publically to let the occupation know that we won’t give up an inch of our land easily.
The establishment of illegal Israeli settlements is considered to be the main obstacle to any possible Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, as they are illegal, based on international law, and contradicted the agreement made in the Oslo accords 1993
statistics from the Israeli human rights movement (Peace Now) indicate that there are about 661,000 Israeli settlers, 132 large settlements, and 124 random outposts (not licensed by the Israeli government) in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem which