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Council: Israel to confiscate land in Salfit village

March 15, 2014 10:14 A.M. (Updated: March 15, 2014 8:49 P.M.)
SALFIT (Ma'an) -- The Israeli civil administration delivered a notice to a Palestinian village in the central West Bank declaring plans to confiscate parts of the village's land, a local council said Saturday.

The village council of the town of Haris in the Salfit district said in a statement that Israel had sent a notice saying it would confiscate 100 dunams (25 acres) of the village's private land.

The land, to be taken from northwestern Haris, will be used to expand the illegal Israeli settlement of Revava, the statement said.

The statement urged landowners in the village to prepare ownership documents for a lawyer who will file a demurrer against the Israeli decision.

The Revava settlement is one of 23 settlements in the Salfit district. It was built in 1991 when Israel confiscated land from Deir Istiya's farmers.

More than 500,000 Israeli settlers live in settlements across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in contravention of international law.
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