IOA confiscates 20 hectares of Palestinian village land

[ 09/07/2011 – 08:09 AM ]

SALFIT, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) confiscated 20 hectares of Qaryut village land in a bid to legitimize and expand an illegal settlement outpost, the Peace Now movement said on Friday.

It said in a statement that 18.9 hectares (one hectare equals 10000 square meters) of uncultivated land in Qaryut village, to the east of Salfit city, were declared “state land” on 26th June to allow for the building of more houses in an illegal settlement.

The movement had asked Israeli courts to order the dismantling of this illegal settlement, which was built without official permission.

The non-government organization said that the confiscation of the land ran contrary to Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu’s pledge that his government would not confiscate more Palestinian land in the West Bank for the sake of expanding settlements.

The last such confiscation of Palestinian land to expand a settlement was made in 2008 south of the West Bank.

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