JORDAN VALLEY, (PIC) – Nader Sawafta, a senior Hamas leader, called on Sunday for supporting the steadfastness of the people in the northern Jordan Valley and fulfilling their requirements to confront the settlement plans of the Israeli occupation authority (IOA).
Sawafta addressed the citizens of Tubas and the northern Jordan Valley by stressing that over the past years, Tubas has suffered many difficulties and faced troubles without any significant assistance.
“It is time for us to move and to work on improving the situation in the province, fulfill the aspirations of its citizens and strengthen the steadfastness of our people in the northern valleys”, he added.
In 2021, the IOA seized more than 11,000 dunums in the Palestinian Jordan Valley. Most of these lands are pastoral lands and they were seized in favor of the so-called nature reserves. This is one of the largest theft of Palestinian lands in the Jordan Valley.
Since its occupation of the West Bank back in 1967, Israel has sought to annex and Judaize the Palestinian Jordan Valley which is located over an enormous reservoir of water.
The Jordan Valley is the food basket of Palestine and it is the most affected area by the IOA annexation project, which envisages appropriating thousands of dunums of Palestinian agricultural land.
Several areas in the West Bank, especially in the Jordan Valley and villages adjacent to the settlements, are under constant attack by settlers with the aim of confiscating more lands, building settlement roads and displacing the Palestinian inhabitants.
(Source / 14.02.2021)