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Israel confiscates private Palestinian land to enlarge checkpoint
Published Wednesday 27/03/2013 (updated) 31/03/2013 13:16
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JENIN (Ma’an) – Israeli forces have notified a Palestinian man from the northern West Bank that his tract of land measuring 3,000 square meters near al-Jalama checkpoint north of Jenin in the far north of the West Bank.

Salih Abu Farha told Ma’an that an Israeli officer approached him Friday and identified himself as a commander in charge of lands in military zones.

The officer handed Abu Farha a warrant reading that the administration of al-Jalam commercial checkpoint decided to posses five small tracts of land in order to enlarge the checkpoint and install a security gate at the main entrance.

“All five tracts are private properties of mine and they measure about 3,000 square meters. They are located right in front of the checkpoint, and I turned them into a parking lot for Palestinian workers who leave their vehicles and pay me a few shekels in return. This is my only source of income.”

Abu Farha added that the Israeli authorities confiscated 8,000 square meters of his land in the past few years to be used for the same purpose.

In addition, he added, they prevent him from tending other agricultural lands because they are close to the separation wall. “They declared these lands a closed military zone and nobody is allowed to access them.”



The Israeli officer who delivered the confiscation warrant told Abu Farha he could file an objection against the decision within seven days.

“Objection will not help at all because when the Israelis make a confiscation decision, they always put it into effect,” added Abu Farha. He has appealed to human rights groups for help.

The mayor of al-Jalama, Khalid Abu Farha, described the decision as tyrannical.

“They use weak pretexts. When the checkpoint was established in 2006, the Israelis confiscated 12,000 square meters of private lands of al-Jalama. Before that, they confiscated 360,000 square meters for the separation wall.”

Furthermore, he said, 50 meters from the separation wall along its 3.5 kilometer route are closed military zone which nobody can access.

The mayor highlighted that since 1948, Israeli forces have confiscated about 80 percent of the lands of al-Jalama which is in total about 2,500 acres.
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1 ) TObias / USA
27/03/2013 22:14
Even if the Israel government agrees to pay him the same "few shekels in return" for expanding their check-point, he may still complain, or at least Maan will write that he does !!

2 ) Harry Harrysson / Sweden
28/03/2013 04:55
See http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4361237,00.html - 250 terror attacks against Jews in Judea/Samaria, in February, what the heck do you expect? Obviously Israel must expand their check points. Stop the terror and they will not - extremely simple.

3 ) Richard / UK
28/03/2013 17:35
250 Terror attacks? Stone throwing children protesting the longest occupation of any country in modern history, get real.

4 ) Salem / Palestine
28/03/2013 23:33
# 2, you are obliviously brainwashed by Israeli propaganda and you have the same selfish mentality to steal someone else's land and step on them. Just like every stolen land, Israeli declares the area a closed military zone then a few years later hands that to Israeli settlers and then grab more land. Israelis are the real terrorists and thieves of the land. In the same period, Israel occupation soldiers killed over 10 Palestinians and kidnapped hundreds.

5 ) ian / australia
29/03/2013 08:04
#2 "Obviously Israel must expand their check points. Stop the terror and they will not - extremely simple." Yes, it is Harry but wrong way round. Dismantle the checkpoints, in fact, leave the whole WB and the "terror" (teens with rocks) will come to a screaming halt. But your little trade-off stinks: "stop the terror" and Israel won't "expand the checkpoints"...not REMOVE the checkpoints, just not "expand" them. Some prize. Endless occupation. Make that 251. Where's a rock?

6 ) Gene (fr) / Jenin
29/03/2013 08:47
He's from Jenin. He gets UNRWA payments/housing/food and benefits paid for by the democratic nations of the West as jizya payments to the arabs! He doesn't need the money from the parking lot UNTIL he foregoes UNRWA handouts.

7 ) Phil / UK
29/03/2013 12:58
#3) If one of those stones smashed through your car window and killed your child you would call it a terror attack too!

8 ) Israelis are terrorists / Poland
29/03/2013 18:36
If you fart in the Israeli faces, they call it a terror attack, but their killing of Palestinians and stealing their land, they call it self defense.

9 ) SHIEK ALI BABBA / EARTH
29/03/2013 22:55
NO SUCH IDEA, ALL THE LAND BELONGS TO THE JOOZ...THE RUG-RATS, ARE NOTHING BUT PRESENT OCCUPIERS.. SINCE THE DAYS OF THE OCCUPATION, BY THE TRANS-JORDAN-LEGION, IN '48.. THAT OCCUPATION, ENABLED, THOUSANDS OF ARBS, TO TAKE OVER PROPERTIES, OF THE DISPLACED/ DRIVEN-OUT JOOZ-OWNERS...

10 ) Colin Wright / USA
30/03/2013 01:28
To Gene #6 'He gets UNRWA payments/housing/food and benefits paid for by the democratic nations of the West ' Well, that's wrong. As the occupying power, Israel is responsible for ensuring the man's welfare. When's the last time you heard the US demanding that the EU help chip in to keep the Navajo Indian Reservation afloat? But there -- two different situations. We let our Indians vote, they can leave the reservation, we don't run over their children for entertainment...

11 ) Colin Wright / USA
30/03/2013 01:31
To Phil #7 'If one of those stones smashed through your car window and killed your child you would call it a terror attack too!' That would depend. At the time, am I backing up a moving van into someone else's driveway with the intention of seizing their house by force?

12 ) Colin Wright / USA
30/03/2013 01:35
To Israelis #8 'If you fart in the Israeli faces, they call it a terror attack, but their killing of Palestinians and stealing their land, they call it self defense.' You need to learn Hebrew. In Israel, that is the definition of 'terror' and that is the definition of 'self-defense.' There are a lot of apparently similar words that actually have a different meaning there: among others, 'cease fire,' 'negotiations,' 'fence,' 'democracy,' and 'warning shot.'

13 ) Outlier / USA
01/04/2013 20:54
Palestinians should demand their leadership immediately sit down with the Israeli leaders to negotiate peace. Maybe then such "enlarged" checkpoints won't be needed.
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