Israel keeps expanding into Palestinian lands in the Jordan Valley / West Bank

According to an Article in The Age:

Over the past year the Israeli Army has quietly isolated the Jordan Valley from the rest of the West Bank by setting up a separate Palestinian population register and banning non-resident Palestinians from entering the area. Restrictions on Palestinian movements continue to increase, despite Israeli government assurances that the opposite is happening.

Established Jewish settlements are being expanded with official sanction while far-right settlers working with unofficial state backing continue to expand and increase “unofficial” settlement outposts – both processes contrary to Israel’s repeated international assurances.

Last week the Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, authorized the shifting of Israel’s 600 kilometre-long separation barrier – denounced as a land-grab by Palestinians and ruled illegal by the International Court of Justice at The Hague – a further 5 kilometres deeper into the West Bank.

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