An Israeli settler, on Monday, exploited the lockdown imposed in the occupied territories to raze Palestinian land between Rafat and Qalandia towns, northwest of Jerusalem, said a municipal source.
Mayor of Qalandia, Raâ€™fat Awad told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that the illegal colonist razed a tract of Palestinian-owned land between the aforementioned towns, planted it with saplings and erected a fence around it, before being spotted and repelled by staff from the Jerusalem Governorâ€™s Office.
Palestine Liberation Organizationâ€™s (PLO) Executive Committee member, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, condemned Israel for its accelerated annexation of Palestinian land.
Dr. Ashrawi tweeted â€śAs we are in lockdown in Palestine and the settlers are on the rampage, Israel should take back its settlers and keep them there. It should release our vulnerable prisoners.â€ť
Meanwhile, Director of the Anti-Wall and Settlement Commission, Hassan Breijah said that settlers constructed and paved a settler-only road and set up several mobile homes on Palestinian-owned land in Khallet An-Nahleh, south of Bethlehem.