jeudi 30 mars 2017

40% of the West Bank Area Have Been Converted to State Land by Israeli Occupation

40% de la zone de la Cisjordanie ont été convertis en terres nationales par l'occupation sioniste
Israeli Occupation Authorities laid hand over more than
 85% of the total area of historical land of Palestine

West Bank, ALRAY - Israeli Occupation Authorities laid hand over more than 85% of the total area of historical land of Palestine, which totals about 27,000 km2. Palestinians comprise 48% of the total population, but utilize only 15% of the land, Palestinian Central Bureau of Statics reported on the eve of 14st anniversary of Land Day.

Palestinian people marked the land day on 30 March of each year by organizing marches and activities in order to remind the world of their cause.

The Palestinian people remember the confiscation of 21 thousand dunums of land in Al-Jalil, Al-Muthalth and Al-Naqab on 30 March 1976. On this day, the Israeli Authorities expropriated the land and responded violently to the protestations, killing six young demonstrators.

The center recorded that 40% of the West Bank area have been converted to state land by the Israeli occupation authorities. It explained that since the Israeli occupation in 1967 , it transferred the ownership land registers which was run by the Jordanian authorities and land which considered as a state land since the Ottoman era and transferred authority to act in this land to them.

The total land classified as Israeli Occupation state land in the West Bank reached more than 2,247 thousand dunums, representing about 40% of the total area of the West Bank.
It also noted that the Israeli Occupation Authorities followed a systematic policy in demolishing Palestinian buildings, and putting obstacles and impediments to the issuance of building permits, meanwhile they approve licenses to construct thousands of housing units in Israeli settlements on the Palestinian lands of Jerusalem. The Occupation Authorities demolished about 309 Palestinian buildings (housing and establishment) during the year 2016, in addition to issuing about 227 demolition orders.

The major demolitions carried out by the Israeli Occupation Authorities in Jerusalem, was in Abu Nawar locality, targeting the only school there, which consisted of six classrooms; in addition to the demolition of an under-construction mosque in Sur Bahir.

It also recorded that there were 413 Israeli Occupation constructions in the West Bank (including 150 settlements and 119 outposts) by the end of 2015. Furthermore, about 48% of the built up area of Israeli settlements are located on Palestinian privately owned land. In 2016 Israeli Occupation Authorities ratified 115 new settlement master plan, which includes the construction of over 5,000 housing units in Israeli settlements in the West Bank. These same authorities deprived Palestinians of their right to build and laid obstacles, undermining any potential urban expansion, especially for the Palestinians in Jerusalem and Area "C", which is under full Israeli Occupation control.

The Israeli Occupation Authorities have continued their policy of ethnic cleansing against Palestinian citizens in the West Bank through the policy of demolishing houses and establishments in order to uproot citizens from their land. During the year 2016, Israeli Occupation Authorities demolished 1,023 houses and establishment in the West Bank (309 of them in Jerusalem Governorate, and 714 in the rest governorates of West Bank). In addition to issuing 657 demolition orders. The demolitions led to the displacement of more than 1,620 Palestinian citizens, half of them are children.

Despite the small area of Gaza Strip, the Israeli Occupation set up a buffer zone over more than 1,500 m along the eastern border of Gaza Strip.

Consequently, the Israeli Occupation usurps about 24% of the total area of Gaza strip (365 km2), which is considered the most populous area in the world with about 5,000 capita/km2.

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