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Uprooting trees and ravaging agricultural lands in Battir town / Bethlehem governorate

2019-01-21

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Violation: Ravaging lands cultivated with olives and almonds.

Location: Al-Khammar -Battir town /Bethlehem governorate.

Date: 21/01/2019.

Perpetrator: The Israeli occupation army.

Victims: Families of Raed Abu Hartheyeh, Riad Abu Hartheyeh, Said Abu Hartheyeh.

Description:

Israeli troops raided Battir town west Bethlehem and ravaged and destroyed 4.5 dunums of agricultural lands as one of the affected farmers Riad Abu Hartheyeh testified.

Abu Hartheyeh added:

“The occupation’s machineries destroyed my land and the surrounding retaining wall, the Israeli occupation authorities claim that there is a military order to remove the retaining walls, but we did not receive any military orders”

Noteworthy, Abu Hartheyeh family lives in Al-Khammar area and does not have any alternative place to go; the occupation claims that Al-Khammar is under the government custody, but Abu Hartheyeh family have legal documents prove they own the land.

Hana’ Abu Hartheyeh told LRC reporter (Riad’s wife):

 “ The occupation troops assaulted us and injured my foot and prohibited us from leaving the house, and attacked Said Abu Hartheyeh who is now in the hospital for medical treatment, they terrorized our children but we will never give up on our home”.

The following table provides information about owners of the affected lands:

name

Family members

children

Land area

olive trees

Almond trees

Riad Abu Hartheyeh

10

5

1.5 dunums

30

30

Saidn Abu Hartheyeh

8

6

1.5 dunums

20

50

Raed Abu Hartheyeh

7

5

1.5 dunums

0

30

total

25

16

4.5

50

110

Source: Field observation – Israeli violations monitoring system- LRC , January 2019.

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The lands after the ravaging

Noteworthy, Al-Khammar area is targeted by the Israeli occupation, they attempt to take over it in order to implement their scheme “The greater Jerusalem” by annexing Gosh Etzion settlements to Jerusalem, which will require the confiscation of wide areas of Palestinian lands.

About Battir [1]:

The village is located 7km to the western side of Bethlehem. It is edged by the occupied lands of 1948 from the north and west, al-Walaja village from the northeast, and Husan village from the south.

Battir has a total population of 5117 people until 2014 and has a total land area of 6681 dunum, 832 of which are built-up area.

Oslo Accords divided the lands of Battir as follows:

1467 dunums are classified as area B

5214 dunums are classified as area C



[1] GIS- LRC

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