Zionist forces have forcefully expelled over 10 Palestinian families from their houses in the northern Jordan Valley, in order to make room for military drills, according to a local activist.
Aref Daraghmeh, a local human rights activist, told WAFA that Israeli forces evicted more than 10 Palestinian families from their homes in al- Burj and al- Mayta villages, citing the need to conduct military drills as a pretext.
The Jordan Valley, which is a fertile strip of land running west along the Jordan River, is home to about 65,000 Palestinians, and makes up approximately 30% of the West Bank.
Since 1967, when the Israeli army occupied the West Bank, Israel has transferred at least 11,000 of its Jewish citizens to the Jordan Valley as illegal settlers. Some of the settlements
in which they live were built almost entirely on privately owned Palestinian land.
The Israel military has also designated about 46 percent of the Jordan Valley as a “closed military zone” since the beginning of the occupation in June 1967, and has been utilising the pretext of military drills to forcefully displace Palestinian families living there as part of a policy of ethnic cleansing.
Approximately 6,200 Palestinians live in 38 communities in places earmarked for military use and have had to obtain permission from the Israeli authorities to enter and live in their own communities.
In violation of international law, the Israeli military not only temporarily displaces the communities on a regular basis, but also confiscates their farmlands, demolishes their homes and infrastructure from time to time.
Besides undergoing temporary displacement, the Palestinian families living there face a myriad of restrictions on access to resources and services. Meanwhile, Israel exploits the resources of the area and generates profit by allocating generous tracts of land and water resources for the benefit of settlers.
Israeli politicians have made it clear on several occasions that they plan to take over the highly strategic Jordan Valley permanently anyway.
Source: WAFA News Agency