Confiscating 36 Dunums in Beit Jala

Confiscating 36 Dunums in Beit Jala
Violation: confiscating 36 dunums of land while rendering around 3000 inaccessible.
Location: Cremsan, Beit Jala.
Date: October 13, 2011.
Perpetrators: the Israeli Occupation Ministry of Defense.
Victims:  around 20 families of Beit Jala as well as 2 monasteries.
Cremsan Monastery Compound in Beit Jala holds thousands of dunums located in between Gilo and Har Gilo colonies. On October 7, 2011, the Israeli Occupation Army served Beit Jala Municipality order number (T/07/75). The order designated 36 dunums to be confiscated and used for the construction of a section of the segregation wall; consequently, more than 3000 dunums will be isolated as a result.

The proposed wall plan will cut the monastery compound into two halves and cut the route connecting the monastery building with Beit Jala, isolating it from the town and preventing worshippers from accessing it.
On October 13, 2011, a military order was found in part of the targeted land; it was a confiscation order signed by the Israeli Ministry of defense with the purpose of ‘state security’. According to the order numbered (T/08/11), signed by General Avi Mizrahi, high commander of the Israeli Forces in Jehovah and Samaria, a total of 36.97 dunums are to be confiscated as well as the isolation of 3000 dunums. Cremsan lands are fertile while being mostly planted with apricot, olives, and prunes; in addition, it holds the only wine factory in Palestine. The Israeli Authorities opened the doors for objections as well as demanding compensation. Beit Jala Municipality assigned Gayyath Naser, an attorney of law, to object to the Israeli order.


Categories: Military Orders