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Israeli settlement asks Hebron man to pay property tax

Jan. 21, 2015 8:47 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 23, 2015 11:49 A.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- The council of the Jewish-only settlement of Kiryat Arba in Hebron has ordered a Palestinian local to pay property tax, claiming that his house is located on land belonging to the settlement.

The Hebron-based group Youth Against Settlements told Ma'an that Abdul-Karim al-Jaabari received warrants demanding he pay 88,200 shekels ($22,000) in Arnona, or property tax, to the Jewish-only settlement's council.

Al-Jaabari said the move was unprecedented in the occupied West Bank and was intended to force his family from their land.

Settlers from Kiryat Arba have been attempting to expel him since 2001, he said.

Issa Amro, coordinator of Youth Against Settlements, denounced the demand.

"This is meant to give legal status to the illegal settlements which have been trying to claim legal custody over the lands under their control and the lands near these settlements."

Israeli settlements are built on land confiscated from Palestinians, either on privately-owned lands or those that were previously communal state land.

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