Head of the committee for the defense of East Jerusalem land, Bassam Bahr, says there is an Israeli plan to seize more than a thousand dunams of agricultural land, including olive trees and houses belonging to Palestinian citizens in Khallet Abed, southeastern Jerusalem.
Bahr referred to the Jerusalem Municipalityâ€™s announcement of the settlement plan for the construction of a settlement road from Al-Quds University in the town of Abu Dis, in East Jerusalem, to the settlement of Maâ€™aleh Adumim, thus seizing the lands of Khallet Abed, owned by the residents of the area.
He pointed out, according to the PNN, that the aim of the plan is to link settlements via a road network such as Kedar and Maâ€™aleh Adumim.
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.