Palestinians fear Israel’s decision to seize thousands of dunums of land near Bethlehem is for settlement expansion

BETHLEHEM, The Israeli occupation authorities today issued an order to seize thousands of dunums of Palestinian-owned land in the village of Kisan, south of the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, according to a local source, raising concern that the decision is intended for the expansion of an illegal colony in that area.

Hasan Breijieh, from the Wall and Settlements Resistance Commission, told WAFA that Israel claimed the takeover of the land, estimated at around 50,000 dunums, located southeast of the village, is going to be turned into a nature reserve.

However, he added, this decision is actually intended to facilitate seizing more Palestinian lands in the village to expand the nearby Abi HaNahal settlement.

Meanwhile, the deputy of the head of Kisan village council, Ahmad Ghazal, told WAFA that settlers from Abi HaNahal proceeded today to construct a road for their settlement on village land.

He said the 2-kilometer long, 4-meter wide road intends to link their settlement to an industrial area west of the village the settlers have launched also on village land where solar panels and a factory for recycling of solid waste were set up.

The road will lead to the takeover of hundreds of dunums of village land, warned Ghazal.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA)