by Zeidy David and M.A. Hussei
September 2, 2014 1:51 am
“What’s mine is mine and what’s yours is mine.” That’s the message from the Netanyahu administration to the West Bank.
Israel announced Sunday that they will seize a huge plot of land in the West Bank. This land appropriation in the occupied West Bank is the biggest in 30 years. It has drawn condemnation from both Palestinian leaders and even the United States.
Some 400 hectares (988 acres) have been seized in the Etzion Jewish settlement bloc near Bethlehem. The huge chunk of land have been declared “state land, on the instructions of the political echelon” by the military-run Civil Administration of Israel.
“We urge the government of Israel to reverse this decision,” a U.S. State Department official said today in Washington. The State Department called the land grab “counterproductive” to efforts to achieve a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine.
Israel Radio said that the land grab was retaliation to punish the West Bank for the killing of three Jewish settlers back in June. ISIS in the West Bank was the first to claim responsibility for this crime: something which the State of Israel has patently ignored time and time again.
Peace Now, an Israeli activist group which opposes Israeli settlement activities in the West Bank, said that the appropriation was the largest announced by Israel in the West Bank since the 1980s.
Nabil Abu Rdainah, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, called on the State of Israel to cancel the illegal appropriation. “This decision will lead to more instability. This will only inflame the situation after the war in Gaza,” Abu Rdainah explained.