Israeli Army Confiscates Tractors in Jordan Valley

NABLUS, December 9, 2014 (WAFA) – Israeli army on Tuesday confiscated three Palestinian owned tractors in the village of Khirbet Ibzeq, in the northern Jordan Valley, according to local sources.

Aref Daraghmeh, head of Al-Maleh local council, which gathers a number of small Bedouin villages into one municipal congregation, said an Israeli army force stormed the village and confiscated three tractors owned by local villagers.

Earlier in the morning, Bedouins and villagers from the Tubas governorate were allowed to cultivate an agricultural area close to the border with Jordan before army ordered the farmers out.

Entry to the area, locally known as Ein Sakout, has been prohibited since Israel occupied the West Bank in 1967, as Israel used it as a live-fire and training zone.

To be noted, Israel has heavily invested in transferring the Jordan Valley into a completely Israeli area, primarily in agriculture, targeting to ban direct connectivity between a future Palestinian state and the rest of the Arab world.

To this end, tens of settlements and agricultural outposts have been established by Israel in the Valley, which makes up about one-third of the total area of the occupied West Bank.

Significantly contributing to the Israeli agriculture, the Valley is nonetheless part of the West Bank occupied since 1967, which the international community does not recognize as an Israeli land.