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B’Tselem: Israel is Preparing to Annex Jordan Valley
01 : 09 PM - 12/05/2011

Occupied Jerusalem, May. 12 (BNA) -- The radical leftist group B’Tselem issued a report today stating that Israel has instituted a policy in the Jordan Valley and northern Dead Sea that exploits the resources of the area more intensively than in the rest of Judea and Samaria.

According to the report, Israel has taken over 77.5 percent of the lands using various measures, and that in the last two years, the Civil Administration has destroyed buildings belonging to the Bedouin communities in these areas.

Israel also took over most of the water sources in the region, claims the report, and designates them almost exclusively for use by the Jewish communities in the area.

"This allocating allowed the settlements to develop intensive farming throughout the year, and most of its products are intended for export," says the report. "The allocating of water to the valley settlements is equal in scope to almost a third of the amount of water available to 2.5 million Palestinian residents of Judea and Samaria."


BNA 0911 GMT 2011/05/12

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