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Settlers raze Palestinian lands in Al-Hamma area
Settlers raze Palestinian lands in Al-Hamma area
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Jordan valley, ALRAY - A group of settlers of Seleit settlement razed Palestinian lands in Al-Hamma area near Gefa't Seleit settlement that constructed in 2016 in Khalat Hamad in the northern Jordan Valley.

Moataz Bisharat, head of the settlement file in Tubas governorate and the northern Jordan Valley, said that the sweeping actions  targeted large areas of Palestinian land, raising Palestinians' fears of expanding the outpost on the lands of the Jordan Valley, especially southwest of the village of Ain al-Beida in the area known as Khallet Hamad overlooking the Hama Bedouin community , Which settlers seek to associate with the settlement of Seleit.

According to a center of research, the settlement outpost located on a distance of no more than 400 meters away from Seleit settlement. The outpost is to be built on lands that classified by Israeli occupation authorities as state property, despite that part of the targeted land is privately owned by Palestinians from the village of Ein el-Beida.   

The center noted that groups of settlers tour the site and exist their around the o'clock under Israeli army protection.  Previously, the settlers cut off agricultural roads by placing stones on the road leading to the area of "Khalat Hamad" in preparation for taking it.

He noted that the settlers took over "Khallet Hamad" by means of orgy and theft, and not under military notifications include the seizure of land issued by the leadership of the occupation army in the West Bank.

Although the Israeli settlers took over the land illegally, Israeli occupation forces and settlements council supported the move.

Constructing the outpost of Jiva't Seleit settlement coincided with demolishing Al-Hammah Bedouin community in September 2016, leaving eight Bedouin families displaced. Israeli occupation authorities banned the Bedouins from re-establishing the community.  

The right activist A'ref Daraghma noted that Khallet Hamad is considered an important pastoral area for Bedouin citizens living in the area, and has long been known for their importance in the field and irrigated cultivation of the area. The settlers' seizing of the area means controlling at least 1000 dunums there in the vicinity of the hill and until reaching the settlement of Givat Seleit.