[News] Israel to evacuate 200 Palestinians in Jordan Valley for settlement expansion
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Fri Nov 10 11:31:18 EST 2017
Israel to evacuate 200 Palestinians in Jordan Valley for settlement
Nov. 10, 2017 -http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=779461
JORDAN VALLEY (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities are reportedly planning to
evacuate some 200 Palestinians from their homes and agricultural lands
in the Jordan Valley are of the northern occupied West Bank, according
to local sources.
Member of the Jordan Valley municipal council Mahdi Daraghmeh told Ma’an
on Friday that Israeli forces delivered demolition and evacuation
notices to 30 Palestinian families in the Ein al-Hilweh and Umm al-Jamal
villages in the northern Jordan Valley on Thursday, Nov. 9th.
The notices, which Daraghmeh said were dated Nov. 1st, gave the
residents eight days -- until Nov. 9th -- to evacuate some 60 homes and
Residents are expecting Israeli forces to arrive to the area to demolish
the structures anytime now, Daraghmeh said.
He added that the notices were signed by an Israeli army chief in the
West Bank, and that the notices mentioned that the lands would be used
for illegal Israeli settlement construction.
Earlier on Thursday, reports emerged on plans announced by the Israeli
Minister of Housing to increase settlement construction in the Jordan
and double the number of settlers residing the area from 6,000 to
12,000.Since theoccupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem,
in 1967, <http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=777489>between 500,000
and 600,000 Israelis have moved into Israeli settlements in occupied
Palestinian territory, in violation of international law.
The estimated 196 government recognized Israeli settlements scattered
across the Palestinian territory are all considered illegal under
Meanwhile, Israeli rights group B’Tselem reported
in 2016 Palestinians experienced the highest number of Israeli
demolitions since the group began recording the incidents.
At the same time, Peace now reported that Israel’s illegal settlement
construction in the West Bankincreased by 34 percent in 2016
<http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=777211>, with Israeli
authorities initiating construction on 1,814 new settler housing units.
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