Israel to Seize Palestinian-Owned Home in Hebron for ‘Military Purposes’

HEBRON, October 1, 2015 (WAFA) – The Israeli authorities Thursday issued a military order to seize a Palestinian-owned house in the town of Halhoul to the north of Hebron, under the pretext of military purposes, according to security sources.

Sources informed WAFA that the Israeli authorities issued a military order to seize a house belonging to local Fathi Meri’b, who currently lives in the US. The houses is located adjacent to an Israeli military camp to the north of the town, which was established near the Israeli settlement of Karmi Tsur, built illegally on Palestinian-owned land.

A municipality source told WAFA that forces, accompanied by staff from the civil administration, raided the house, while the owner’s nephew, Nidal Karjeh, was present inside, and handed him a military order to seize the house, under the pretext of military reasons.

According to the Israeli anti-settlement group, Peace Now, “Over the years, Israel has used a number of legal and bureaucratic procedures in order to appropriate West Bank lands, with the primary objective of establishing settlements and providing land reserves for them.”

“Using primarily these five methods: seizure for military purposes; declaration of state lands; seizure of absentee property; confiscation for public needs; and initial registration, Israel has managed to take over about 50% of the lands in the West Bank, barring the local Palestinian public from using them.”

According to OCHA weekly report covering the period between 1 and 7 of September 2015, “In the southern West Bank, dozens of demolition and stop work orders were issued in Area C, including against 18 residential structures and a donor-funded school serving 40 students in three communities in the Massafer Yatta area (Hebron) which has been designated by the Israeli authorities since the 1980’s as a closed military zone for training, also referred to as the “918 firing zone”.

OCHA said that, “Around 1000 people currently living in this area are at risk of forcible transfer.”