B’Tselem report says over three quarters of Jordan Valley placed under Israeli control May 13, 2011

The Palestinian Information Centre –   12 May 2011

A May report issued by Israeli rights group B’Tselem reveals that Israel used political and military means to take control of 77.5 percent of the land in the Jordan Valley and northern Dead Sea area.

The Hebrew state has maintained an illegal occupation of the West Bank since 1967. The report clearly states that Israel’s intent is to annex the area to the occupation state of Israel.

The significance of the area is that it has the largest land reserve in the West Bank. Over 15,000 Palestinian Bedouins live there in dozens of tiny communities.

Some of the land was taken after the departure of refugees, and more than half was usurped by ”legal manipulation” and declared ”state land”, B’Tselem reported.

Most of the water resources in the area have been set aside especially for the some 9,400 Jewish settlers living in the 37 settlements, that include seven outposts. The report highlights that the water taken from there, most of which is allocated for the settlements, amounts to almost one-third of the water allotted to Palestinians in the West Bank.

It says that water consumption in Bedouin communities is equivalent to the quantity the UN has determined is the minimal amount needed for survival in disaster areas.

The planning policy under the Israeli occupation make it impossible for Palestinians to develop communities, the report goes on to say.

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