Palestinian Authority Funds Land Grab in Samaria

Palestinian Authority-controlled Shechem is allocating 300 tractors to plow and claim land in 25 locations near Jewish communities in Samaria, according to the Bethlehem-based Ma'an news agency.

Shechem governor Jibreel al-Bakri said that helping Arab farmers to cultivate the land is an unprecedented action. The PA will provide farmers with fuel for their tractors.

The lands include areas the Israeli Defense Forces has declared to be closed military zones, al-Bakri added. “We decided to reach these lands…without any exceptions” and every acre will be plowed, he added.

The Palestinian Authority in the past decade has taken over thousands of acres of land that is not under any private ownership but which Israel has in effect surrendered by not acting against Arab and international leftist groups who routinely take over farmland that either lay fallow or had been farmed by Jews....

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