Israel Approves Annexation of Palestinian Lands Near Bethlehem

Israel Approves Annexation of Palestinian Lands Near Bethlehem

This photo from January 2020 shows the illegal Israeli settlement of Efrat (L), with Bethlehem in the background, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank of Palestine.

In yet another land grab, Israel has approved the annexation of prime Palestinian land near Bethlehem. Palestinians have no say in the matter.

reposted from International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC), April 22, 2021

The Israeli occupation authorities have approved the illegal annexation of large areas of Palestinian lands, west of Bethlehem, south of the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

Hasan Breijiyya, the head of the Bethlehem office of the Wall and Colonization Resistance Commission, said the Israeli annexation targets 147 Dunams (36.3 acres) of privately-owned Palestinian lands in Bethlehem.

He added that the lands are located in Basin 3 of Thaher al-Mitrasiba area of Nahhalin town, southwest of Bethlehem, and Basin 5 in Khallet as-Saraweel and Shu’ab al-Beesh, in Husan village, west of Bethlehem.

The annexation aims at constructing and expanding Israel’s illegal colonies, built on stolen Palestinian lands in direct violation of International Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention in addition to various United Nations and Security Council resolutions.

Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states that the occupying power [Israel] is forbidden from transferring any part of its civilian population onto the land on which it occupies [Palestine].


Shrinking Palestine maps
This series of maps shows 1) Historic Palestine, 2) the UN Partition Plan, 3) land captured by Israel in the 1948 war (the Palestinian Nakba – catastrophe), 4) land expropriated and/or annexed by Israel (green areas are inhabited by Palestinians, but under Israeli occupation and control). For more on these maps, go here. (ifamericansknew.org)

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