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Israeli settlers call for evacuating Palestinian neighbourhoods in Hebron

March 20, 2018 at 9:17 am

Israeli soldiers stand guard in Hebron, West Bank on 16 September 2017 [Wisam Hashlamoun/Apaimages]

Israeli settler group Regavim has filed a petition to the Israeli Supreme Court asking for three Palestinian neighbourhoods in the West Bank city of Hebron to be evacuated, Shehab News Agency reported yesterday.

Regavim claimed that the Palestinian neighbourhoods Um Al-Khair, Khashm Al-Daraj and Arab Al-Najadeh in the south of Hebron Hills are illegal and pose a strategic danger to Israel.

The petition sent to the Israeli court states that these neighbourhoods are illegal and called for prosecuting Israeli ministers, Israeli military commanders and European officials because they allowed Palestinians to build homes in these three areas.

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According to Shehab News Agency, Regavim distributed copies of the petition to the residents of the three Palestinian neighbourhoods. The anti-settlement activist in Musafer, Yatta Ibrahim Al-Hathalin, said that article number seven claims that the area where the three neighbourhoods are located is state land and is part of Area C, which is under Israeli administration and security control.

The petition claims that the area is the most strategic place for Israel as it lies between the Negev and the West Bank, claiming that Palestinian existence in the area undermines the connection between the border areas, as well as posing a real strategic threat.

Regavim said that building these neighbourhoods is supported by the Palestinian Authority, claiming this is part of its continuous work to undermine Israel’s security.