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Israel razes Palestinian lands, uproots 500 palm trees in Jericho

Nov. 20, 2018 12:00 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 21, 2018 3:52 P.M.)
JERICHO (Ma'an) -- Israeli bulldozers razed and leveled Palestinian-owned agricultural lands, and uprooted about 500 palm trees, on Tuesday, in Jericho City, near road 90, in the central occupied West Bank district of Jericho.

Ibrahim Ahmad, the tenant of the razed lands, said that Israeli forces along with several bulldozers stormed the area and razed agricultural lands that belong to the Islamic Endowment (Waqf) Department.

No reason was given for the razing and leveling of the lands.

Ahmad added that Israeli bulldozers uprooted and seized about 500 palm trees from the lands.

Ahmad also pointed out that despite an Israeli court ruling banning the razing of his lands, it is not the first time that Israeli forces had razed his lands and uprooted hundreds of trees.

According to Palestinians and rights groups, Israel's main goal, both in its policies in Area C, in which more than 60% of Palestinian land is under full Israeli control, and Israel's illegal settlement enterprise, is to depopulate the land of its Palestinian residents and to replace them with Jewish Israeli communities, in order to manipulate population demographics in all of historic Palestine.

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