Israeli Army Razes Palestinian-Owned Land near Hebron

HEBRON, September 9, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli army on Wednesday razed Palestinian-owned agricultural land and seized the  irrigation network in al-Baqa’a area, east of Hebron, according to the land owner.

The owner, Badran Jaber, told WAFA that an Israeli army force accompanied by heavy machinery broke into al-Baqa’a, and proceeded to raze his land, which is planted with tomato and other summer crops. Forces also seized the irrigation network present at the land.

The owner said that forces further razed a nearby land belonging to another local, where they damaged the irrigation network.

Peace Now, an Israeli human rights group, says over the years, Israel 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,” the group argues.