اجعلنا صفحة البداية RSS خدمة Add to favorite Facebook Twitter

Advanced

Egypt slams Israel plan to seize Palestinian land
Published Monday 01/09/2014 (updated) 03/09/2014 10:46
Font- Font+
The Israeli West Bank settlement of Efrat on September 1, 2014
(AFP Ahmad Gharabli)
CAIRO (AFP) -- Egypt on Monday denounced Israeli plans to expropriate West Bank land, saying the move violates international law and is an obstacle to efforts for a lasting Palestinian-Israeli settlement.

On Sunday, Israel said it would expropriate 4,000 dunams (1,000 acres) of Palestinian land around Bethlehem, and allowed 45 days for any appeal.

"This is not a positive step -- it contradicts international law and will have negative consequences on the peace process," a foreign ministry statement in Cairo said.

Egypt last week mediated a permanent truce between Israel and Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip to end a bloody and devastating seven-week war -- the deadliest in years.

Negotiators are expected to return to Cairo within a month to discuss crunch issues such as Palestinian demands for a port and an airport and the release of prisoners, as well as Israel's call for militants in the Palestinian territory to disarm.

The foreign ministry did not mention the Gaza truce talks but insisted that Israel's planned land grab in the West Bank would be "an obstacle" to a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians.

Rights watchdog Amnesty International also denounced the Israeli plans, saying that it "appears to be the largest land grab in the occupied Palestinian territories since 1980."

"Israel's strategy of illegally confiscating land for settlements in the West Bank must stop once and for all," said Amnesty's Philip Luther.

On Sunday, the Israeli army department tasked with administering civil affairs in Palestinian occupied territories said: "On the instructions of the political echelon ... 4,000 dunams at Gevaot (settlement) is declared as state land."

It said the move stemmed from political decisions taken after the abduction and murder of three Israeli teenagers in the same area, known to Israelis as the Gush Etzion settlement bloc.

The Palestinians have called for diplomatic action against Israel, while Israeli peace campaigners said the land expropriation is the biggest of its kind in three decades.

"As far as we know, this declaration is unprecedented in its scope since the 1980s and can dramatically change the reality in the Gush Etzion and the Bethlehem areas," Peace Now said on Sunday.
Print
1 ) Charles / Australia
02/09/2014 02:57
And what is Egypt going to do to counter act this Ethnic cleansing and provocation?? As usual I suppose Nothing..just talk.

2 ) Tobias / USA
02/09/2014 03:26
Egypt can "Slam", all it wants, and Grand Slam, or Hand-Stand too, but Israel must get some measure of justice for the 3 murdered teenagers' family, and land seems to be the only thing the Muslims value !!

3 ) LOL that land is JEWISH / PROPERTY
02/09/2014 07:36
before 1929 ( Bought from the TURKISH OTOMAN EMPIRE) and at any rate it is part of the land (GUSH ETZION ) which will be left in Israel land in any case!

4 ) carine / UK
03/09/2014 00:12
#3 - Jewish land? Israel does not recognise land bought from the Turkish Ottoman Empire, correct? (well, not for Palestinians anyway...)

5 ) JoeFattal / USA
03/09/2014 03:48
If you ask me the truth, good riddance for the three settlers. They were warned not to hitchike in that area or taking a ride with anyone that was not Jewish. Or maybe they were Jewish. Who cares. Israel going to milk their death untill we all going to get tire of it.

6 ) padraig / australia
03/09/2014 10:17
just shows that the israelis don,t want peace. they want the annilation of the palestinian people!
Name Country
Comment
Characters
Note: Comments will be reviewed for appropriate content. Click here for more details.

Share/Bookmark

Gaza awaits floating electricity generator
Boat survivors arrive in Malta
Israeli police arrest 22 Palestinians in East Jerusalem

Close Next Previous
All Rights Reserved © Ma'an News Agency 2005 - 2014