The Israeli government issued a military order on Thursday to expropriate some 275 acres of farmlands that belong to Palestinian farmers near
Palestinian News Network said that the order includes property in the
According to a source of the Palestinian Land Defense Committee, the order was issued by what is called “Deputy Chair of the highest planning committee in .”
The order number 20-T/901 includes wide areas of land close to a highway 60, a bypass road used mainly by Israeli settlers.
Road 60 was built after
Israeli sources said a warning announcement was published allowing Palestinians farmers two months to petition to the Israeli high court of justice against confiscating their land.
Sources at the
On the other hand, the military order will expropriate 175 acres In Beit Ummar, raising the total of the confiscated area to 1500 acres, most of it is agricultural land.
It is likely that this expropreiated land will be used to expand the Gush Etzion settlement bloc which is located on the northern part of Hebron district.
Israel plans to annex the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, which is built on expropriated Palestinian land, into Israel in a final agreement with the Palestinians.