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Israel is targeting the Jordan Valley and Jerusalem for complete annexation

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The Israeli government and its agencies are launching a concerted programme, with great urgency, to achieve the complete annexation of Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley. They want to be able to impose a fait accompli through superior firepower and America’s diplomatic, economic and military cover.

Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem, which supports the Palestinian people and the restoration of their rights and freedom and rejects the occupation, is working to expose what Israel is doing. The organisation has issued its periodic report exposing the reality in the Jordan Valley, which makes up about 29 per cent of the occupied West Bank. Just over 50 per cent of the Jordan Valley is designated by Israel as restricted state land, so the 80,000 Palestinians living there in 29 permanent and temporary Bedouin communities do not have the right to use the land. What’s more, the occupation authorities have prohibited them from building on, living in and developing the land, in a clear effort to reduce the indigenous population.

Israel uses a number of measures to force the people off the land. According to B’Tselem, 45 per cent of the Jordan Valley is designated as military firing zones and 20 per cent is called “nature reserves”. Moreover, there are 64 minefields in the area and 12 per cent of the land........

© Middle East Monitor