Israeli Minister of Defense, Moshe Yaâ€™alon, announced on Sunday that works began for the largest project of expanding the settlement bloc of Gush Etzion, in the south of the West Bank.He confirmed that a 984-dunum area of land in southern and west of Bethlehem were seized last week for the benefit of this project, according to WAFA.
Israeli authorities, last Thursday, announced a decision to confiscate about 1,000 dunams (250 acres) of private Palestinian land in the town of al-Khader, south of Bethlehem.
Deputy mayor of al-Khader Ismail Issa told Maâ€™an News Agency that high-level Israeli military commanders and Civil Administration officers, along with a group of settlers, toured private Palestinian fields in areas known locally as Khallat al-Fahm, al-Zaytouna and al-Absiyya.
They left yellow posters reading â€śState properties! No entry.â€ť