Israeli Occupation Forces confiscate agricultural tractors from Al-Ras Al-Ahmar and Ibziq areas of Palestinian Jordan Valley
Violation: confiscation of tractors
Location: Al-Ras Al-Ahmar and Ibziq areas
Date: November 20, 2016
Perpetrators: Israeli Occupation Forces
Victims: number of families from the areas
Israeli Occupation Forces have been trying so hard to put hands on the lands of Palestinian Jordan Valley. Israel imposed restrictions on using lands in that area, taking into account that the area is considered as Palestine Food Basket and a huge economic revenue. Such restrictions are represented in ban on access, ban on use of nature resources, restriction of movement, harassments and confiscation of equipments.
It should be marked that Israeli Occupation Forces confiscated on November 20, 2016 an agricultural tractor from the area of AL-Ras Al-Ahmar. The tractor owned by citizen Ahmad Bsharat was confiscated on the claim of it being in an area classified as "closed military zone" by the occupation. Noteworthy, the Messy Ferguson tractor was moved to the nearby colony of Buq'ut.
Photo 1: minute of confiscation
Photo 2: Israeli Occupation Forces at time of confiscating the tractor
To the northwest of Tubas, more specifically in Ibziq area, Israeli Occupation Forces confiscated another Messy Ferguson tractor belonging to citizen Nazih Naghnaghyeh.
The affected owner told Land Research Center that he used the tractor to move water and food to the area's residents, who live in hard life conditions due to constant Israeli targeting and attacks. Noteworthy, developing the area's infrastructure is banned by the occupation.
According to the date available at Tubas governorate, six tractors have been confiscated so far on the claim of "presence in closed military zone".
Palestinian Jordan Valley with a total area of 720,000 dunums is considered as the eastern border of the occupation state. Israel Minister of Labor once said " To achieve the state's safety and its very existence, we should consider the Jordan River as the eastern borders of the state of Israel". Thus, the occupation governments worked to implement plans and protocols that aim at Judaizing the area. First step was to transform 400,000 dunums of Palestinian lands into closed military zones inaccessible for Palestinians. Not only, 97 military locations were created in the area in addition to planting hundreds of dunums with landmines. Noteworthy, such areas are founded close to Bedouin communities, where the life of many Palestinians is endangered.
The Land Research Center