Israelâs policy of seizing Palestinian lands in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem al-Quds has not come to an end but hasÂ gained momentum, over the past years.
Authorities have decided to seize over 50 hectares of private Palestinian lands in the town of Hizma, east of occupied Jerusalem.
The mayor of Hizma said that large swaths of the townâs lands had been confiscated in the past and that two settlements had been built. The mayor expects that, this time, the lands will be used to expand the roads used by Israeli forces and settlers leading to the illegal Adam settlement.
The lands of Hizma, like many other towns to the east of Jerusalem, for example Anata and Shu’fat, are surrounded and isolated by Israelâs apartheid wall. According to one of the land owners, Khayry Askar, Israeli authorities seized part of his family land in 1977, annexing it to the nearby settlement Giv’at Ze’ev, and now he’s facing the same scenario , again.
Hizma town is surrounded by four settlements, Al Ray further reports. It is considered to the main link between the northern and southern cities of the occupied West Bank. It is also one of the main gates of the holy city of Jerusalem al-Quds.
At the end of the day, Palestinians warn against the Israeli defiance of international calls to stop its aggression against the people in the occupied territories. They said that Israel continues to seize Palestinian lands, in violation of international laws, to expand its settlements and military projects.
Christopher Carlson is a full-time student of Religious Studies at Mount Mercy University, USA. He has been with the IMEMC since 2013. (email@example.com)