BETHLEHEM , Wednesday, August 25, 2021 (WAFA) – Israeli forces today razed a large tracts of Palestinian land in Kisan village, east of the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, according to a local official.
Member of Kisan Village Council, Ibrahim Ghazal, told WAFA that Israeli military bulldozers razed a large tract of land belonging to the Ebayyat family to make room for the construction of a settler-only bypass road that would connect the colonial settlement outpost of Ibei Hanahal to surrounding settlements.
He added that the village has been a regular target for Israeli army and settler attacks, including land pillage besides to chasing livestock herders and denying them access to pastures.
Located 11 kilometers to the south of Bethlehem city, Kisan has a population of some 600 and occupies a total area of 133,330 dunams.
Under the Oslo Accords, an agreement made 25 years ago that was supposed to last just five years towards a self-governing country alongside Israel, the Palestinian Authority was given limied control over a tiny pocket of land occupying 112 dunams, accounting for less than 1 percent of the village’s total area. Israel maintains control over 108,952, classified as Area C, accounting for 81.7 percent. The remaining part of 24,266 dunams, accounting for 18 percent, is classified as nature reserve.
Israel has established three colonial settlements, namely Ma‘ale Amos and Mizpe Shalem besides to the settlement outpost of Ibei Hanahal on lands confiscated from the village. It has confiscated further land for the construction of settler-only by-pass road no. 901 and road no. 3698, which extend for 16.1 kilometers on the village land.
Israel has constructed a section of the apartheid wall, confiscating and isolating some 87,344 dunams of fertile land, accounting for 65.5 percent of the village total area, for colonial settlement activities and pushing the villagers into a crowded enclave, a ghetto, surrounded by walls, settlements and military installations.