The Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported on Wednesday, September 7, that Israeli forces reportedly had just leveled 40 dunums of Palestinian land, uprooted more than 800 trees, and “soiled” two wells in the southern occupied West Bank village of Beit Ula, northwest of Hebron.
Al-Emla told Ma’an that Israeli bulldozers leveled more than 40 dunums of agricultural lands owned by Bassam Hamdan al-Adam, Suliman Mahmoud al-Adam, Ali Mohammad al-Adam and Mahmoud Khaled al-Adam, along with soiling two wells owned by Palestinian farmers Ali al-Adam and Suliman al-Adam.
He added that Israeli forces have escalated the leveling of Palestinian lands lately, particularly agricultural lands, which al-Emla said is for the purpose of expanding illegal Israeli settlements in the area.
“Israeli forces leveled and razed hundreds of dunums of land and uprooted trees especially almond and olive trees in the northwest district of Hebron during the past years”, he said.
Al-Emla demanded that the international community “uphold its legal and ethical responsibilities towards the Palestinian people against Israeli attacks.”
Separately, the Tarqumiya mayor Sami Fatafta said that Israeli forces delivered demolition notices to 3 homes in the Wadi Al-Qalamoun area, owned by Salim Qabaja, Alaa Ghazi Qaqour, Mazin Qabaja and Mohamad Qabaja, claiming they were “illegally” built in Area C.
A spokesperson for COGAT, the Israeli agency responsible for implementing Israeli policies in Palestinian territory, is looking into reports on the incidents.