Israeli human rights groups have accused the state of Israel of deliberately routing the West Bank barrier not to m
Israeli human rights groups have accused the state of Israel of deliberately routing the West Bank barrier not to maximise security but to seize Palestinian land to expand and develop new Jewish settlements.
A new human-rights report accuses Israel of deliberately routing the separation barrier to expand and develop new Jewish settlements, highlighting the plight of Palestinian farmers.Israel, however, says the structure severs to protect Jewish settlements.The illegal barrier severs Palestinian territory and isolates communities across the West Bank, and has a devastating effect on Palestinian farmers, rights groups say.
With reference to the Palestinian village of Jayyus, Jessica Montell, executive director of an Israeli human-rights goup, B'Tselem said: "The expansion plans are what really make the route here devastating.""The situation in Jayyus is extremely dire," she added.The illegal eight-metre-high concrete barrier shadows Jayyus to the west, several kilometres deep within occupied West Bank, incorporating the small Jewish settlement of Zufim and large swathes of Palestinian land.Palestinians have argued for years that the route of the barrier is a blatant land grab in line with Israel's policy of extending settlements.A report by B'Tselem and fellow rights group Bimkom says the extra land claimed by Israel's illegal barrier is earmarked to build an industrial area and Nofei Zufim, a new Jewish settlement of 1200 housing units six times the size of Zufim.Prosperity - a memoryIf the illegal barrier had shadowed the contours of even Zufim, although the international community deems all Jewish settlements on Palestinian land illegal, then most Jayyus farmers would have unhindered access to their land.Prosperity is a memory in the Palestinian village of Jayyus, which has seen most of its valuable fertile land amputated from farmers and suppliers by Israel's illegal separation barrier.
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"The expansion plans are what really make the route here devastating"Jessica Montell,Executive Director,B'Tselem