The Israeli government, on Tuesday, announced the seizure of 2,340 acres of land in the Jericho area, central occupied West Bank, claiming it as ‚Äústate land‚ÄĚ.Israel radio said that the state has embarked on the confiscation despite pressures from both the United States and the United Nations attempting to prevent it.
In most cases, according to the PNN, Israel announces thousands of acres as ‚Äústate lands‚ÄĚ, which are then granted to illegal settlers.
Israeli occupation authorities have seized thousands of acres in the Jordan Valley area, including privately owned lands and, then, prevented the Palestinian owners from entering them, awarding ownership to the settlers.
Two weeks ago, Israeli forces demolished about ten northern Jordan valley facilities, including tents, barns and residential structures, in the Khillat Khader community of Al-Farisiyya, east of the Tubas district, under the pretext of building without a permit, leaving at least 20 residents homeless.
About a month ago, Israel announced the confiscation of 1,540 dunams (380 acres) of land near Jericho in the valleys, adding that the lands were in the final stages of being declared state lands.
That seizure was the largest appropriation in the West Bank since August of 2014.