Israeli Civil Administration Illegally Gives Land to Settler Company

TEL AVIV, January 28, 2015 (WAFA) – The Israeli Civil Administration in the West Bank has illegally transferred 2,400 dunums of land worth millions of shekels to the Israeli company Samaria Development, Wednesday uncovered the Israeli daily Haaretz.

The daily said the industrial park’s establishment has been delayed for years by a three-way dispute between the Samaria Regional Council and the settlements Elkana and Oranit over control of the lucrative property; whichever locality controls it will get tens of millions of shekels in development fees and municipal taxes.

The 2,400-dunum-land, slated to become an industrial park, was already taken away from the West Bank in 2002 when Israel proceeded to build a separation fence between the West Bank and Israel, citing security pretences. The fence, later dubbed the segregation wall by Palestinians, swallowed thousands of dunums of Palestinian land.