APN / Peace Now In the News - January 15-16, 2020

Independent: "Israel to open seven new nature reserves in occupied West Bank" (January 16, 2020)

According to Israeli rights group Peace Now, which monitors settlement expansion, more than a third of the proposed location of the new reserves is on private Palestinian land, making it illegal even under Israeli law.

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Al Jazeera: "Israel creates seven 'nature reserves' in occupied West Bank" (January 15, 2020)

According to Israeli settlement watchdog Peace Now, the designated reserves total about 5,300 hectares (13,096 acres), some 40 percent of it under private Palestinian ownership. Under Israel laws regulating nature reserves, Palestinians would be forbidden to cultivate their own land, the Peace Now's Hagit Ofran said.

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France 24 (AFP): "Israel turns swathes of occupied West Bank into 'nature reserves'" (January 15, 2020)

Under Israel laws regulating nature reserves, Palestinians would be forbidden to cultivate their own land, the NGO's [Peace Now's] Hagit Ofran said. "If it's a nature reserve, then you can uproot their (Palestinians') trees and tell them they need a special permit for any agricultural activity," she told AFP.

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