Israeli settlers planted olive trees in pasture land belonging to Palestinians in al-Farisya village, east of Tubas, in the northern Jordan Valley, raising fear among the Palestinian residents of an impending seizure of their land for the benefit of settlers.
Aref Daraghmeh, a local rights activist, said a number of settlers stormed the pasture area inÂ al-Farisiya village, which is located near the illegal Israeli settlement ofÂ ‘Rotem’, and proceeded to plant dozens of olive trees, there.
According to Palestinian human rights organization Al-Haq, since the beginning of the military occupation in 1967, Israeli authorities have been systematically appropriating Palestinian land for the establishment and expansion of Israeli settlements in the Jordan Valley, as well as unlawfully exploiting Palestinian natural resources in the area.
â€śThrough these practices, the Israeli authorities continue to illegally exercise sovereign rights over the Jordan Valley and create facts on the ground with the intent of forcibly transferring the Palestinian population from the Jordan Valley and permanently annexing the land,â€ť said al-Haq, according to WAFA.
Israel, which keeps full military and civilians control over the Jordan Valley and Area C of the West Bank, seeks to uproot all Palestinians living there while it builds new settlements for Jews.
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.