Israeli soldiers invaded, on Sunday afternoon, the ath-Thahrat area, north of Douma village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and confiscated a bulldozer while Palestinian workers were preparing for paving a new road.
Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors Israel’s colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said the bulldozer is owned by Mousa Zeineddin, and that the soldiers informed him that they will keep the bulldozer “until further notice.”
Daghlas added that the soldiers claimed that the new road, which is intended to be used by the villagers to reach their lands, is in Area C of the occupied West Bank, under full Israeli control.
The occupied West Bank was divided into three areas – A, B, and C – as part of the Oslo Accords, signed by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and Israel, in 1993 and 1995.
The agreements led to the establishment of the Palestinian Authority (PA), which was granted limited powers of governance in Areas A and B.
However, the outcomes of the Oslo Accords have instead left Israel in complete control of the Palestinian economy, as well as its civil and security matters, in more than 60 percent of the West Bank, designated as Area C.
Despite granting the PA control over administrative and internal security matters in parts of the West Bank, Israel maintains military control over the entire area.
Israel wants to fully annex large swaths of the occupied West Bank, especially the Jordan Valley, while the so-called “Deal of the Century.” Presented by U.S. President D. Trump, allows Israel to annex about 30% of the West Bank (which is in itself only 22% of historic Palestine) and pushing the Palestinians into the margins.
“Trump’s plan cuts all throughout the Palestinian territories, making it look like Swiss cheese—with the disconnected “holes in the cheese” being Palestine. The non-contiguous land will be connected by tunnels and “safe roads” which will be controlled mainly by Israel. It is a future of more checkpoints and closures, our freedom micromanaged by another people,” Rev. Dr. Jack Sara.
“Consisting of 80 pages, 50 of which are entirely dedicated to the plan’s economic component, the document was a rehash of previous Israeli proposals that have been rejected by Palestinians and Arab governments for failing to meet the minimum standards of justice, equality, and human rights.” Ramzy Baroud for the Palestine Chronicle.