Israel’s Ministry of Finance has authorized a plan to illegally annex part of the Palestinian village of Deir Dobwan, east of the West Bank’s administrative city of Ramallah.
The authorization was revealed by the Land Research Centre in Jerusalem today, which reported that 139 dunams of land – equivalent to 34 acres or 139,000 square meters – is to be seized by a local illegal settlement.
— #FreePalestine 🇵🇸 (@Taghreeba) January 10, 2019
The revelation comes amid an increased authorization and building of Jewish settlements in the West Bank since US President Donald Trump took office in 2017.
Israel annexes 139 dunums in Ramallah for settlement projects https://t.co/IZnDBsRgR2
— العودة Ziomythologist 🇵🇸 (@Aer_O_Head) January 10, 2019
Hagit Ofran, of the Israeli anti-settlement monitoring group Peace Now in its Settlement Watch program, said:
“The feeling of the government is everything is allowed, that the time to do things is now because the [Trump] administration is the most pro-settlement you can ever have.”
Settlement plan to seize 139 dunums of Deir Dibwan land near Ramallah – PNN https://t.co/UjJA5Qhqbg
— JAI Palestine (@JAIPalestine) January 10, 2019
As a result of years of settlement projects and constant violation of international law, over 450,000 illegal settlers now live in the West Bank, as well as 200,000 in occupied East Jerusalem.
It is feared that the Israeli government is using its vast network of settlements by linking them together for the purpose of increasing ease settler access to illegal settlements in the West Bank and occupied Jerusalem.
(MEMO, PC, Social Media)