BETHLEHEM, Monday, August 03, 2020 (WAFA) – Israeli occupation authorities ordered today the confiscation of about 200 dunums of Palestinian private-owned land near the village of Kisan, east of Bethlehem city in the occupied West Bank, said a local source.
Ahmad Ghazal, deputy mayor of the village, told WAFA that a force of the Israeli occupation army broke into al-Tina area in the village, and notified local citizens that the 200 dunums of land was confiscated for military purposes. The army also told the citizens that they are denied entry into the confiscated land.
In the meantime, the occupation army handed a notice to a local citizen informing him that they are intending to demolish a livestock barn of his own, under the pretext of construction without a permit.
Kisan, inhabited by around 800 Palestinian villagers, is surrounded by two Israeli settlements, and over half of the total area of the village has in recent years been confiscated by the occupation authorities for the benefit of the colonial Israeli settlement enterprise.
The village is located in an area classified as Area C, under full Israeli military and civil control, and where Israeli occupation authorities ban almost most kinds of urban development for Palestinians, which is not the case for the Israeli settler population who enjoy a full access to all services and at no tax.