Israeli soldiers invaded, on Thursday, Palestinian agricultural lands belonging to residents of al-Khader and Nahhalin town, southwest of Bethlehem, and declared them a closed military zone.Ghassan Najajra, a nonviolent activist with the Popular Resistance Committees against the Wall and Settlements, stated that the army confiscated by force three Dunams of Palestinian lands in Sirb at-Teen area, close to the illegal Daniel settlement, built on lands belonging to al-Khader.
Najajra added that the soldiers bulldozed the lands, and placed signs declaring them a â€śclosed military zoneâ€ť and another sign stating that Israel will be building â€śpublic gardensâ€ť for Jewish settlers living in nearby illegal settlements.
He further noted that the army informed the owners that their lands are now â€śstate-owned,â€ť and off-limits to the Palestinians.
Eight months ago, the soldiers confiscated around 900 Dunams of lands belonging to al-Khader, Nahhalin, Beit Ummar and a number of nearby Palestinian villages. (One Dunam = 0.247 Acres)