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New settlement Roads, Cement Blocks on the Main Entrances of West Bank Villages To Facilitate Annexation By: Madeeha Al-A’raj

Madeeha Araj
2020 / 6 / 22

The National Bureau for defending land and resisting settlements ( nbprs ) stated in its latest weekly report , that the Israeli occupation authorities have started imposing control on some areas in the West Bank, especially the Jordan Valley under the annexation plan that the Israeli Prime Minister intends to launch next July. Thus, he gave orders to start opening the so-called American road - which is the first step to start implementation of the American Administration’s plan - to connect the settlement blocs in the north of the city with those to its south. Knowing that the settlement road confiscates more Palestinian lands in the Toor, Jabal Al-Zaitoon, Ras Al-Amood, Jabal Al-Mukabir, Sur Baher and Um Toba in the occupied city of Jerusalem. Moreover, the occupation municipality in Jerusalem intends to pose tenders that cost US -$- 187, 000,000 by the end of the year to open another road, the expected cost is more than a quarter of a billion dollars.

The construction comes at a time when the Israeli government is discussing the implementation of Netanyahu s electoral promises and agreeing to form a government with Kahul Lavan, and to annex settlements in the West Bank as of July 1st, a move that rejected by international community. This road would connect the highway of the "Gush Etzion" settlement bloc in the south of the West Bank, with settlements, such as, Har Homa, south of Jerusalem, with the settlements in North and East Jerusalem, including Ma aleh Adumim. Maps of the occupation municipality in Jerusalem show that the street will provide space with the existing streets to connect the Gush Etzion settlement located between Bethlehem and Hebron, and the “Mati Binyamin” block from Jerusalem to the “Ariel” settlement, with the settlements located in the vicinity of Jerusalem.
For its part, the Israeli Ministry of Housing declared that 110 dunums of the lands of the village of Nabi Samuel, northwest of occupied Jerusalem as an archaeological site. At the same time, the occupation authorities intend to build hundreds of settlement units on an area of 3500 dunums that were seized from the lands of the villages of Bedu, Beit Iksa, Nabi Samuel, which was confiscated in 1995.
In the Nablus Governorate, the Israeli occupation forces began opening a new settlement road near the village of Qasra, south of Nablus, with the aim of connecting two settlements. The road is about 6 km, furthermore, it seized 406 dunums to open a 7-km road in the Jordan Valley to connect settlements of Ariel and Shiloh.
Within the context of the Israeli occupation authorities’ insistence on moving forward with their plans to annex the West Bank, the Israeli occupation forces placed cement blocks on the entrances to the villages of Kafr Malik and Al-Mughair east of Ramallah, leading to the settlement street called “Alon Street” that separates the Palestinian Valley from the villages of Ramallah and Nablus, in preparation for erecting iron gates on them to close all entrances leading to the "Alon Street" settlement linking the Jordan Valley. The occupation authorities also placed blocks at the entrances of the villages of Douma, south of Nablus, and Ein Samia leading to Kafr Malik, east of Ramallah. In a dangerous precedent, the Israeli occupation authorities sent via post office orders to confiscate land to Palestinian citizens, for the benefit of settlers and settlements in the West Bank.
As for Amnesty International, it demanded that Israel be held accountable for its violations against the Palestinians, it denounced the annexation plan of large parts of the occupied West Bank. It added -dir-ecting criticism without accountability on the ground will not end injustice, nor end Israel’s impunity. Human rights experts at the United Nations considered that the Israeli occupation’s plan to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank violates a fundamental principle of international law that prohibits the acquisition of others ’land by force.

List of Israeli Occupation and Settlers Assaults over the Last Week,
Documented by the National Bureau:
Jerusalem:
• Forcing a family to self-demolish two apartments in the village of Sur Baher on the pretext of being close to the “American Ro”.
• Demolishing structures near the University of Jerusalem in Abu Dis, in the area between the town and the village of Sawahrah, east of Jerusalem, and a building that includes two apartment apartments and four commercial stores in Shuafat Refugees Camp.
• Demolishing order of a house in the western town of As-Sawahrah, south of Jerusalem, the Israeli Supreme Court gave Yassin Taha Za’tara a few days to self-demolish his house and threatened him with a fine of NIS100,000 if the Israeli bulldozers demolished it.
Ramallah:
• Torching agricultural and mountainous lands in the Ein Samia near the village of Kafr Malik, east of Ramallah, with the aim of confiscating the water springs that feed the towns east of Ramallah.
• Notifying citizens of demolishing their homes in the village of Beit Sira, west of Ramallah, on the pretext of building without a license.
Bethlehem:
• Attacking a citizen and his wife while they were passing on the settlement road 60 south of Bethlehem and forced them to get off their vehicle after threatening to shoot them.
• A house in the town of Al-Khader, south of Bethlehem, was demolished under the pretext of not having a license.
• Wounding child, Wadah Fadi Salah, 15, from Al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem, after settlers attacked him in the Abu-Sud area.
Nablus:
• Torching lands of the town of Madama, south of Nablus. Leveling areas of the land of the village of Jalud.
• Attacking a number of citizens homes in Khirbet Al-Fajam, east of Aqraba, and destroyed solar cells.
• Seizing a bulldozer in Ein Shibli village, east of Nablus, and torched lands planted with olive trees in Burin village, south of Nablus.
Jenin:
• Isolating the village of Dhahr al-Maleh behind the Wall of Annexation, and seized 492 dunums, handed over their owners notices to seize them 3 years ago with the aim of expanding the settlements there.
Jordan Valley:
• Two young men from the town of Jaba, south of Jenin, sustained wounds when they were attacked by settlers. They were admitted to hospital.
• Demolishing a cattle tent in the Um al-Quba area in the northern Jordan Valley, and the detention of herders after being pursued in there, knowing that Um al-Quba is one of 17 areas that are targeted by annexation under the Israeli annexation plan.




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