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Al Mezan Condemns Israel’s Demolition of Cultivated Land, and Takes Legal Action to Defend the Victims

24-11-2002 00:00

Israel’s systematic destruction of Palestinians’ cultivated land continues.
Since Friday 22 November 2002, the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) have razed 35 dunams[1] of agricultural land in the town of Beit Lahia in the Gaza Strip.
The same day, at around 5 p.
m.
the IOF notified landowners and farmers of land south of the settlements of Dogit and Ilai Sinai on Beit Lahia beach, that they must clear and abandon their land before Monday 25 November.
The area in question is 250 dunams, the main part of which is owned by the Abu Halimeh family.
The farmers and landowners requested Al Mezan to represent and defend them.
The Center has immediately started legal action and has contacted the Israeli Army Legal Advisor, appealing for an immediate cessation of these illegal measures, which constitute additional violations of Palestinian civilians’ human rights.
Al Mezan condemns such Israeli acts, and calls upon the international community to act urgently and intervene to stop the destruction and seizure of Palestinians’ cultivated land.
Numerous Palestinian families live off this land and the destruction of it constitutes a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, of 1949.
Lack of action by the international community in the past has encouraged Israel to continue and to escalate such measures.
[1] One dunam is equal to 1,000 square meters.
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