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Israeli settlement operations in West Bank continue

March 5, 2017 at 11:34 pm

Labourers work on building units for Israeli settlers in East Jerusalem [Sliman Khader/Apaimages]

As Israeli authorities plan to establish a new settlement project in the south of Jerusalem, the Israeli forces have embarked on bulldozing an agricultural land near the southern Nahalin village of Bethlehem.

Ibrahim Shakarnah, the President of the Nahalin Villagers Council, has said that the Israeli bulldozers have begun demolishing the village’s main highway, which has been closed some years ago, including the “Danielle” settlement as well as other neighbouring areas, in a move to establish a public resort for the settlers.

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Speaking in an interview with Quds Press, Shakarnah explained that the demolish of what he described as “historical road” of the Nahalin village, came after an appeal for re-opening the road was filed to the Israeli Supreme Court. The road was confiscated in 2002 and leads to the city of Bethlehem.

He condemned the occupation authorities on starting the levelling operations ahead the court’s decision which is yet to be announced.