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Israel confiscates vast areas of Palestinian lands in Jordan Valley

Sept. 21, 2008 9:52 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 21, 2008 9:52 A.M.)
Tubas - Ma'an - Israeli soldiers confiscated 140 dunnums (0.14 square kilometers) of land in the northern West Bank village of Bardala in the northern Jordan Valley near the Bisan checkpoint.

The land owners appealed to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to support them and insist on cancelling the confiscation.

"This confiscation aims at changing borders before final status negotiations begin," said the governor of Tubas Dr. Sami Musallam." Israel is attempting to impose a de facto situation on the negotiations map." He condemned the illegal confiscation which he described as contradictory to international law and UN resolutions as well as the Fourth Geneva Convention. He explained that international conventions ban the confiscation of lands from rightful property owners, and changing the demographics and geography of an occupied area by an occupying power.

"These Israeli measures contradict . the efforts of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian negotiation team to reach a peace agreement," Musallam added.

He also highlighted and condemned latest Israeli confiscation of 37 dunnums in Al-Bequi'ah and Al-Farisya, both in the northern and the central Jordan Valley for enlargement of Israeli settlements such as Maskiyyot and Rotem. The Israeli Knesset approved plans for the building of a new settlement in the Jordan valley this summer.

The governor of Tubas appealed to the UN, the international community, the Middle East Quartet, the US and all UN permanent member countries to place every possible pressure on Israel to stop undermining international resolutions.

The confiscated lands belong to Muhammad and Hasan Aryan, Yahya Mujalli and Izzat Abdul-Rahman.

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