Israelis raze agricultural lands near Nablus to expand settlements
Published Sunday 27/10/2013 (updated) 28/10/2013 23:34
Israeli contractors using an excavator uproot olive trees planted by
Palestinian farmers on land near the Kiryat Arba Jewish settlement just
outside the West Bank city of Hebron on Feb. 3, 2009.
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli bulldozers razed Palestinian agricultural lands in the village of Jalud south of Nablus on Sunday morning, a Palestinian official said.
Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settler activities in the northern West Bank, said that Israeli forces bulldozed the land due to their proximity to the two Israeli settlements of Shiloh and Shvut Rachel.
Settlers had been bulldozing lands in the Ras Mwaies area south of Jalud village since the early morning, Daghlas said.
The Israeli forces plan to expand the nearby Israeli settlements on the destroyed Palestinian fields, he added.
The razed lands belong to Palestinian villagers Tawfiq Abdullah al-Haj Mohammad as well as Mohammad and Ahmad Abed al-Rahim Hajj Mohammad.
An Israeli army spokeswoman did not return calls seeking comment.
The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank forms a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
More than 500,000 Israeli settlers live in settlements across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in contravention of international law.