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Settlers plow recently confiscated land near Salfit

March 16, 2014 11:57 A.M. (Updated: March 16, 2014 4:42 P.M.)
SALFIT (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers on Sunday plowed land and performed religious rituals on lands recently confiscated from the nearby Palestinian villages of Deir Istiya and Haris in the northern West Bank.

Witnesses said that bulldozers from the Revava settlement northwest of Salfit plowed the lands in order to expand the settlement.

Settlers also entered the lands around Haris village and performed religious rituals on lands that were confiscated from Palestinian villagers by the army on Saturday.

On Saturday, Israeli forces notified the village council that they would confiscate 100 dunams (25 acres) of the village's private land.

Witnesses added that the settlers have continuously seized lands from the villages of Haris and Deir Istiya in order to expand their settlement.

Researcher Khalid Maali said that Revava -- one of 23 settlements in the Salfit district -- was established in 1991 on lands belonging to Deir Istiya, Haris, and Qarawat Bani Hassan.

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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