Israeli government has already taken 94% of Wadi Foquin

Wadi Foquin.

Wadi Foquin.

In the photo to the right, Yusef Manasra, an elder in this West Bank Palestinian village, overlooks the historic dwelling place of his family. Directly across the village on the southwest hillside is the settlement of Betar Illiit. The illegal Israeli settlement now boasts a population of more than 40,000 and is built mostly on land stolen from Wadi Foquin and surrounding villages.

In addition to continued land confiscation for the expansion of the settlement, raw sewage and limestone runoff from settlement construction has badly damaged the rich agricultural produce and natural water springs in the village, threatening to make the village uninhabitable.

The Israeli government has already taken 94% of the village’s land, and residents continue to receive more land confiscation orders for the construction of the apartheid wall on the northwest side of the village. The planned route of the wall will cross the green line and take even more land from the village. In addition flying checkpoints restrict freedom of movement in and out of the village and make it very difficult for the residents to travel for work or school or to visit family.

Source: WWW.ENDTHEOCCUPATION.ORG

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