Committee: Israel to build new bypass road south of Bethlehem

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Maan News Agency | Sept 28, 2011

HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities notified the municipality of Beit Ummar on Wednesday of plans to build a bypass road which will annex over 800 dunams of village land, a local committee spokesman said.

Mohammed Awad, spokesman of the national committee against the wall, said the military order entails a bypass road starting from the junction of Kefar Etzion settlement and passing through Al-Arrub refugee camp and Beit Ummar village, south of Bethlehem.

According to the military order, work will begin next week leaving village residents no time to mount a legal challenge in Israeli courts, Awad said.

The road will displace dozens of families who depend on agricultural land for their source of income.

Awad said the popular committees will hold a number of activities in order to protest the road.

Extensive settlement infrastructure such as bypass roads place severe restrictions on Palestinian communities, often confiscating land and separating villages.

Some 500,000 Jewish settlers live in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

Settlements are Jewish-only neighborhoods built on occupied Palestinian land captured by force in 1967.

All settlements are considered illegal under international law.



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