Leveling Lands and Uprooting Trees in Al Khader

Leveling Lands and Uprooting Trees in Al Khader
Violation: leveling a 3-dunum-field and uprooting 85 trees.
Location: Al Khader – Bethlehem.
Date: March 18, 2012.
Perpetrators: the Israeli Occupation Army.
Victim: Khader Issa
On March 3, 2012, while Khader Issa was plowing his field, a group of colonists raided the field and leveled 3 dunums and uprooted 85 trees in the process. He tried to stop them, but the colonists were protected by an Israeli Army force. The purpose of the attack is using the land for the expansion of the nearby Daniel colony. The plot is a source of income for Issa’s four-member-family. Issa filed a complaint to the Israeli Police and urged them to provide him and his lands with protection.
Al Khader:
Al Khader is located 5 km to the west of Bethlehem city; it is connected by a road to the main road, Jerusalem – Hebron road which connects it to the surrounding cities. It is administered by a local council and is named after Saint George (Al Khader in Arabic). The village holds within a football stadium, a donation of the Portuguese Government; the work in the stadium started in 2000 through Bethlehem 2000  project, however, the construction stopped for a long time because of the second Intifada (uprising) events considering the location of the stadium near by-pass road (60). It was opened in 2007.
Area and Location:
Al Khader is 20100 dunums in area including 800 dunums of built-up area.
Previous violations:
The Israelis conquered 218 dunums of the village in 1948 and are trying to capture the rest of Al Khader fertile lands using the segregation wall. The Israeli authorities confiscated huge parts og Al Khader lands to construct Ezyon colony in 1967(4500 dunums in area inhabited by 461 colonists) and Daniel in 1983 (200 dunums in area).
Categories: Settlers Attacks