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Israeli settlers raze Palestinian lands to expand Nablus-area settlement

Dec. 19, 2018 10:12 A.M. (Updated: Dec. 20, 2018 10:38 A.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli bulldozers, belonging to settlers from the illegal Israeli settlement of Yitzhar in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus, razed Palestinian lands in the Assira al-Qibliya village, on Wednesday morning.

Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that several Israeli settlers from Yitzhar razed lands in eastern Assira al-Qibliya to expand their settlement.

Daghlas confirmed that these lands belong to several Palestinians.

He pointed out that this is a new attempt to seize Palestinians' lands in favor of settlements.

According to settlement watchdog Peace Now, in the year and a half since President Trump took office some 14,454 units in the West Bank has been approved, which is more than three times the amount that was approved in the year and half before his inauguration (4,476 units).

In August, the Jerusalem District Court ruled that if Israeli settlers built a settlement on private Palestinian land with "good intentions" then it should not be removed. Therefore, allowing more Palestinian lands to be seized by Israeli settlers as they see fit.

Since the occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in 1967, between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis have moved into Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory, in violation of international law.

The estimated 196 government recognized Israeli settlements scattered across the Palestinian territory are all considered illegal under international law.
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