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Israel expands illegal settlement in Jordan Valley

May 10, 2010 8:26 P.M. (Updated: May 13, 2010 9:20 A.M.)
Tubas – Ma'an – Observers in the Jordan Valley reported dozens of trucks loaded with construction materials entering the illegal Israeli settlement of Nahal Maskyyot, followed by trucks full or workers building homes despite a government freeze.

The Save the Jordan Valley Campaign said trucks of wood and cement entered the settlement on Sunday, and noted construction was visible from parts of the northern area.

Israel's Civil administration confirmed in an official statement that, "The construction was approved by the Civil Administration through the director of the Defense Ministry on the same day that the suspension order started," but declined to specify what the construction was.

Campaign coordinator Fathi Ikhdeirat said the construction was for Gaza settlers evacuated from their illegal homes in the Strip in 2005.

"Even as international efforts attempt to get dialogue going, construction work has continued in the West Bank despite the 10-month freeze," Ikhdeirat said, calling the peace process a "failure before it began."

Residents of Wad Al-Maleh, the valley where Nahal Maskyyot was built, said settlers had set up tents in the area where a Bedouin farmer had established his summer camp, prompting Israeli officials to declare the area a closed zone. Ikhdeirat called the move a "new method of expulsion."

Israeli reporter Amira Hass, writing for Haaretz, describe the phenomenon in her article, Settlers devise new strategy to scare away Palestinian neighbors. She said settlers, some from Nahal Maskyyot, set up a "protest" tent next to a tent belonging to Bedouin herdsmen on private Palestinian land.

Her article detailed what happened when Palestinians complained to the Israel's Civil Administration, explaining that "both the Israelis and Palestinians there were handed decrees declaring the area a closed military zone, signed by brigade commander Yochai Ben-Yishai."

Israel's Civil Administration said it would look into the report.

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