In the 1980s, World Zionist Organization (WZO) officials expropriated it. They claim it's State land. They lawlessly leased it to settlers.
Original owners fled during Israel's 1967 Six Day War. After Oslo and peace with Jordan, they returned. They're denied access to their own land. They're prevented from crossing border areas.
Military Order 151 called land bordering Jordan a closed military area. Permit permission is required to enter. A border fence was erected.
In some places, it's up to two km from the Jordan River. It's Jordan's natural border.
Until 1994, the area was abandoned. At the time, it was heavily mined. In the 1980s, Israel encouraged farmers to work nearby fields. Authorities wanted a buffer zone established. It wanted Jordanian infiltration prevented.
In July 1987, Israeli Central Command head, General Amram Mitzna, ordered his brigade subordinate to prohibit Palestinians from entering the area.
Haaretz obtained a document, stating:
"There is no doubt that from a security standpoint, it is unthinkable to let someone who is not part of the security forces or an armed veteran enter the area."
Conditions now are like then. Oslo and Jordanian peace changed nothing.
"Today, Thai workers from the Israeli settlements (freely cross) the border fence into the area, while" Palestinians can't access their own land.
In recent years, lawlessly farmed land more than doubled. Since 1997, dunams increased from 2,380 to 5,064. Date orchids are prioritized. Crops are extremely valuable. Palestinians are prevented from growing their own for export.
Israel's discriminatory land policies are longstanding. So-called "absentee property" reflects land theft. In March 1950, the Absentees' Property Law (APL) defined an absentee as:
"a person who, at any time during the period between (November 29, 1947) and (May 19, 1948) has ceased to exist (and no longer) was a legal owner of any property situated in the area of Israel...."
The APL lawlessly transferred property owner rights to a Custodian of Absentee Property. Palestinian owners were prohibited from returning to their own land.
"Absentees" were declared no longer owners of property rightfully theirs.