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Israeli settlers farm on land confiscated from Palestinian village
Published Friday 17/01/2014 (updated) 19/01/2014 14:24
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HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Israeli settlers accompanied by Israeli forces early Friday began farming on lands confiscated from Palestinian farmers in a village south of Hebron, a popular committee coordinator told Ma'an.

Ratib al-Jbour said that the settlers began planting saplings on land that was confiscated from the village of al-Hathaleen.

Approximately 150 dunams (37 acres) were confiscated months ago, he said.

Israeli forces detained several shepherds from the al-Hathaleen family, Al-Jbour said, without providing further details.

An Israeli army spokesman did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

More than 500,000 Israeli settlers live in settlements across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in contravention of international law.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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1 ) Colin Wright / USA
18/01/2014 03:51
...and the land was almost certainly confiscated for military purposes. So Israel is transparently stealing and lying about it. But hey -- is this really news? As I've said, we all know what Israel really is. The only distinction is between those that like what that is, and those that don't.

2 ) Helga Petri / Germany
18/01/2014 13:21
This kind of policy has been going on since 1967 and nobody can stop it. The aim of the israeli government is to drive out all palestinians from the country. This is known to the world. Both people the israeli and palestians are traumazised and need therapy.But who and which organizatiuon is able to do it?

3 ) Johnny benson / USA
18/01/2014 17:06
Hey....guys.....I got news....it's all Israel ...every inch...the Arabs have 22 countries a couple zillions of acres ......they can all go there....

4 ) Quiche Lorrine / France
18/01/2014 19:51
@1and @2 Don't worry that stoney neglected ground pictured in the file photograph, will be turned into productive farmland in just a few years by the Jews, to enable the Arab's children to eat more.

5 ) Robert / US
19/01/2014 01:40
#4 just like they do in parts of South America huh ?. Steal land and make the people farm it and send the food to israel, thats real nice ..
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