HEBRON, September 6, 2014 – (WAFA) – Israeli occupation forces handed Saturday a military order to the Palestinian residents of Bani Zeid Valley to the northeast of Yatta in southern Hebron informing them of their intentions to seize 2,000 dunums of land for military purposes, said a local activist.
The residents of Bani Zeid Valley community received the Israeli military order which was actually issued in 1997, said Rateb Jabour, coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements in southern Hebron, and noted that residents had not been informed about the order.
Jabour added that the 2,000 dunum-sized land is planted with olive trees and several homes belonging to the landowners are built over it, noting that the order states that these homes must be evicted.
The lands are owned by the Na‘amin, Jabarin, Muhammad, Abu ‘Arram, al-‘Adra and al-Hamamda families.
Jabour condemned the Israeli occupation’s practices, namely the order , which is meant to expand the illegal Israeli settlements in southern Hebron through targeting the Palestinian villages and towns in the area, expropriating Palestinian-owned land and displacing the indigenous Palestinian communities.