» 09/01/2014, 00.00
ISRAEL - PALESTINE
Israel confiscates 400 acres of West Bank land for settlements
The motive: revenge for the killing of three young Israelis. But the plans for Gevaot settlement date back to the 2000s. Abu Mazen: After Gaza war, this decision will lead to greater instability.
Jerusalem (AsiaNews) - As of yesterday at least 400
hectares of land in the area of
Gevaot of the
occupied West Bank have been expropriated, and have been declared "state
land" that will strengthen the
illegal Israeli settlements
of Etzion, near
Bethlehem. According to activists
of Peace Now this is the largest land seizure
in the last 30 years.
Israeli radio has stated that this seizure
is in response to last
June's kidnapping and murder of three young
In reality plans for the Gevaot settlement date back to 2000. Last
year the government launched a
tender for the construction of
Peace Now, which campaigns
against illegal Israeli settlements and
for peace with Palestinians, says that the Palestinians owners - who grow olive trees
in the area - have 45 days to appeal. The
hopes of seeing their rights
recognized are slim.
The policy of illegal settlements
has never stopped-while being one of the conditions for peace talks between
Israelis and Palestinians. By occupying
the Palestinians' lands, Israel makes it difficult to establish a Palestinian homeland that
has territorial continuity.
At present there are about 500 thousand Israelis in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, with hundreds of settlements that are
illegal under international law.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud
Abbas has called on Israel to stop the appropriation: "This decision - said his spokesman - will lead to more instability. This will only
inflame the situation after the war in Gaza".
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Amona affair and settlement policy to determine the future of the Netanyahu government
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Card. Tong’s article on China-Holy See dialogue, arouses joy and dismay
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Card. John Tong
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