Israel Razes Palestinian Land to Erect Military Tower East of Hebron

HEBRON, December 31, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Thursday proceeded to raze a Palestinian-owned plot of land in Wadi Sa’ir to the east of Hebron, for the benefit of establishing a military watchtower in the area.

A media source informed WAFA that forces proceeded to raze a piece of land in Wadi Sa’ir area, located adjacent to the Israeli settlement of Asfar, built illegally on Wadi Sa’ir’s land. The land belongs to local Ismail al-Shalaldeh.

An official source at Sa’ir’s municipality said that forces began leveling the land without giving any prior notice. The owner of the land reported that he never received a military order informing him about the takeover of his land.

The watchtower, if built, would cut off locals’ movements between the eastern countryside of Bethlehem and Hebron district.

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.”