Israelis seize Palestinian land, homes from families

Palestinians in Hebron and Nablus, in the West Bank, given no prior notice and ordered never to return

  • By Nasouh Nazzal, Correspondent
  • Published: 00:00 December 28, 2010
  • Gulf News

  • Israeli police and border police officers scuffle with foreign activists during a protest at Qalandiya checkpoint outside the West Bank city of Ramallah on Sunday. Some 70 demonstrators took part in the protest against Israel’s occupation of the West Bank during which police said they detained nine people who tried to force open a gate at the checkpoint.
  • Image Credit: Reuters

Ramallah: Israeli colonists escorted by Israeli forces expropriated on Sunday a total of 1,580 donums (1,918 hectares) of land from their Palestinian owners in Hebron and Nablus of the West Bank without prior notice.

The Palestinian family of Houshiyah from Hebron was banished from their property and ordered never to return.

Sources at the Hebron Governorate told Gulf News that the owners of the land never received official notes or seizure letters from the Israeli authorities and were shocked to find the colonists, escorted by Israeli officials and the army, instructing them to leave their land.

Colony expansion

In Nablus, Israeli colonists used bulldozers to earmark 20 donums of land in the village of Serra, east Nablus. Gassan Doghlas, who monitors colony activities in the northern areas of the West Bank, told Gulf News that Israeli bulldozers were earmarking the 20 donums of land in order to expand the Israeli colony of Barkha.

Other Israeli colonists started their work of earmarking 60 donums of land in the village of Qayrout, near Nablus.

Meanwhile, the Jordanian Government has decided to set up a technical committee to examine the construction and condition of the Al Aqsa Mosque which has been badly affected by the excavation and digging by the Israelis under the sacred compound.

Sources in occupied Jerusalem told Gulf News that a technical committee comprised construction and design engineers and geologists, and the Jordanian Government took this decision after consultation with Palestinian community leaders in occupied Jerusalem.

Damaged by digging

The sources said that parts of the holy compound, including the Marwani corner and Al Magharibah gate, had been damaged by the Israelis’ digging.

The Jordanian Government has decided to set up a technical committee to examine the construction and condition of the Al Aqsa Mosque which has been badly affected by the excavation and digging by the Israelis under the sacred compound.

Sources in occupied Jerusalem told Gulf News that a technical committee comprised construction and design engineers and geologists, and the Jordanian Government took this decision after consultation with Palestinian community leaders in occupied Jerusalem.

The sources said that parts of the holy compound, including the Marwani corner and Al Magharibah gate, had been damaged by the Israelis’ digging.

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