On Thursday, Palestinian families were shocked by the decision to confiscate seventy-six acres of land to the benefit of the Jerusalem Municipality. The land lays behind the Annexation Wall in al-Khass village, in the eastern part of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, the Palestinian news agency, Ma’an reported.
The Israeli court claimed that the decision was made because these lands are under the custody of the Absentee Properties Guard.
Head of the village council, Khader Hamdan, stated that the council, in coordination with Settlement Affairs Ministry, has assigned the case to the ministry’s lawyer to solve the problem and appeal the illegal decision.
It is worth mentioning that the confiscated lands are very fertile, and that they belong to the villagers who are prevented from reaching them because of the wall.