The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Sunday started to build a new road for Jewish settlers on the land of Nahalin town, west of Bethlehem in the southern West Bank.
According to local activists, the IOF stormed Ein Fares area in Nahalin town with bulldozers and embarked on bulldozing swathes of land to build a road intended to connect the illegal settlements of Beitar Illit and Gush Etzion (a cluster of settlements) with each other.
The building of this new road will lead to the isolation of about 4,000 dunums of Palestinian-owned land in the town from its vicinity.
HR organizations have criticized Israel’s land confiscations and discriminatory planning policies which confined many Palestinian citizens to densely populated towns and villages that have little room to expand. Meanwhile, the Israeli government nurtures the growth and expansion of Jewish communities.
Human Rights Watch reported that the Israel Land Authority (ILA), manages and allocates state lands whose explicit mandate is to develop and lease land for Jews and not any other segment of the population.