Israeli Regime Announces Major Land Grab in West Bank

Israeli Regime Announces Major Land Grab in West Bank

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - The regime of Israel has declared nearly 2,000 acres of land in the West Bank as state-owned, marking what rights groups describe as the largest land appropriation in occupied Palestinian territories in recent history.

Israeli settlement watchdog Peace Now characterized the announcement as the most significant since the 1993 Oslo Accords, highlighting a peak in state land declarations in 2024.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government recently approved the construction of over 3,400 new settler homes, drawing further criticism from the UN and the Palestinian Authority.

UN human rights chief Volker Turk expressed concern over escalating settler violence and violations, warning that these actions jeopardize the feasibility of establishing a viable Palestinian State.

“The West Bank is already in crisis. Yet, settler violence and settlement-related violations have reached shocking new levels, and risk eliminating any practical possibility of establishing a viable Palestinian State,” UN human rights chief Volker Turk said in his report to the Security Council on March 8.

The Israeli regime has before also denominated land of 300 hectares (740 acres) in the Jordan Valley as state land in the Maale Adumim area of the West Bank.

This is although even Israel’s ally the United States said last month that Israel’s expansion of settlements in the West Bank was inconsistent with international law.

Earlier this month, UN Human Rights Chief Volker Turk said, “The establishment and continuing expansion of settlements amount to … a war crime under international law.”

More than 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the West Bank and East al-Quds.

While all Israeli settlements are illegal under international law, Israel has stepped up settlement expansion in blatant violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions.

Palestinians want the West Bank as part of a future independent state with East al-Quds as its capital.

Palestinian authorities condemned the land seizure and expansion of illegal settlements.

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs called the latest move a “crime” that is part of an “official policy racing against time to annex the West Bank and eliminate the possibility of creating a Palestinian state.”

“There are no morals, values, principles or international resolutions that can stop the extremist right,” the ministry said.

“The international failure to protect our people is complicity and cover for Israel’s ongoing evasion of punishment,” it added.

The Palestinian Authority has called on all countries to put individuals tied to settler organizations or companies investing in settlement construction across the occupied Palestinian territories on their terror lists.

The United Nations has already published a list of companies with business ties to Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The Palestinians have called for serious international intervention to force the regime to stop the settlement expansion.

The UN is concerned about the surging violence perpetrated by Israeli settlers in the West Bank, terming it “terrorism” against the Palestinians.

The Israeli regime has escalated its acts of aggression against the Palestinians across the West Bank since October 7, 2023, when it began the campaign of death and destruction in the besieged Gaza Strip.

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