Israel announces greatest Palestinian land seizure in 30 years
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Development
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Israel has revealed its intentions to snatch four square kilometres of Palestinian territory, the largest land grab by the state in 30 years.
The country has justified the move as a response to the kidnap and murder of three Israeli teenagers in June.
According to Palestinian officials, the land is currently home to many olive groves.
The expropriation of the land in Gush Etzion will allow a nearby Israeli settlement, Gevaot, to expand.
The US has slammed the plan and urged Israel to change its mind. A US state department official said that the move was "counterproductive to Israel's stated goal of a negotiated two-state solution with the Palestinians".
Around half a million Jews now live in over 200 settlements built on Palestinian land occupied by Israel in 1967.
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