On Wednesday, Israeli soldiers uprooted Palestinian agricultural lands in Qusra and Jourish towns, south of Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said the soldiers bulldozed Palestinian farmlands northeast of Qusra and near Jourish.

He added that the bulldozing aims at expanding the illegal Migdalim colony, built on stolen privately-owned Palestinian lands.

Daghlas also said the soldiers bulldozed, for the third consecutive day, Palestinian lands southeast of Qusra to expand the illegal Esh Kodesh illegal colony.

All of Israel’s colonies in the occupied West Bank, including those in and around occupied East Jerusalem, are illegal under International Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention in addition to various United Nations and Security Council resolutions. They also constitute war crimes under International Law.

Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states: “The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.” It also prohibits the “individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory”.

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