Israel has marked as many as 500 acres of land belonging to Palestinians in the southern part of the occupied West Bank for expropriation purposes, local activists say.
Muhammad al-Halayqa, an activist in the village of al-Shuyukh, said that the private Palestinian land has been earmarked in Hebron (al-Khalil), Ma’an news agency reported.
Warning notices have been posted in the area against the Tel Aviv regime, according to the activist.
The mayor of the village of Shuyukh, Sharif al-Halayqa, said the areas earmarked are likely to be used for constructing settler units.
Consultations are under way among Palestinian officials to prevent the confiscation of the Palestinian land.
On February 9, Israel announced part of East al-Quds (Jerusalem) as a “closed military zone” in the occupied West Bank, Bassam Bahr, the head of the committee to defend land and resist settlements said, adding that the Israeli military prohibits the Palestinian people from entering the area.
Bahr also slammed the move as part of Tel Aviv’s expansionist policies, adding that Israel is in pursuit of “Judaization” of the occupied West Bank.
Israeli media also reported that Tel Aviv has grabbed about four square-kilometers of Palestinian land near the illegal settlements of Kedumim, Vered Yericho, Neveh Tzuf and Emanuel.
According to the reports, Tel Aviv is preparing for implementation of 18 residential projects in these areas, with more than 99 percent of the occupied land being allocated to settlements.
The regime is facing global condemnation over settlement constructions in the occupied lands.
The presence and continued expansion of Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine has created a major obstacle for the efforts to establish peace in the Middle East.
More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds in 1967.
The UN and most countries regard the Israeli settlements as illegal because the territories were captured by Israel in a war in 1967 and are hence subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbids construction on occupied lands.
By Press TV