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Israel Plans Theft of 10% More West Bank Land

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Israel Plans Theft of 10% More West Bank Land

Israel wants all valued area, leaving Palestinians at most with isolated, worthless scrub land.

by Stephen Lendman

Israel occupies Gaza, East Jerusalem, and the West Bank illegally. Its settlements, closed military zones, tourist sites, and commercial areas control over 40% of the West Bank, including its most valued resource rich parts - notably water. 

Its expanding settlements steal more. When completed, its Separation Wall will control about 12% of the West Bank. In 2004, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled it illegal. 

It said its route and associated gate and permit system violate international law. It ordered completed sections dismantled, and "all legislative and regulatory acts related thereto" repealed or rendered "ineffective forthwith."

It also mandated reparations for the "requisition and destruction of homes, businesses, and agricultural holdings (and) to return the land, orchards, olive groves, and other immovable property seized."

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In addition, it mandated member states reject the illegal construction and demand Israel comply with international law. Few have. Israel defied the ruling. Construction continues. 

When completed, it'll extend over 800km. It'll be twice the length of the Green Line, four times as long as the Berlin Wall, and in some places twice as high. Palestinian communities are destroyed. Many are isolated. 

Thousands of Palestinians are displaced. Weekly protests are held. Israeli security forces confront them violently. Land theft continues daily. Israel wants all valued areas and Jerusalem as its exclusive capital.

Palestinian rights don't matter. Neither do international laws or ICJ rulings. Only what it wants counts. That's how police states rule - through barrel of a gun ruthlessness against opposition.

On March 30, Haaretz reported new information in an article headlined, "Israel Defense Ministry plan earmarks 10 percent of West Bank for settlement expansion," saying:

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"For years Israel's Civil Administration has been covertly locating and mapping available land in the West Bank, and naming the parcels after existing Jewish settlements, presumably with an eye toward" expanding them.

Through Freedom of Information Law requests, anti-settlement activist Dror Etkes found out. In some areas, parcel boundaries coincide with Separation Wall routes. State authorities claim national security necessity.

False! It's land theft, nothing else. Moreover, Civil Administration maps and figures "suggest the barrier route was planned in accordance with the available land in the West Bank." It's near settlements to expand them.

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I was born in 1934, am a retired, progressive small businessman concerned about all the major national and world issues, committed to speak out and write about them.

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