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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 It ordered completed sections dismantled, and "all legislative and regulatory acts related thereto" repealed or rendered "ineffective forthwith."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."
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.