25 years later, Palestinian farmers regain access to their land

A general view from the Palestinian West Bank village of Deir Istiya shows the Israeli settlement of Alei Zahav (foreground) and the Palestinan village of Jinsafut, Jan. 23, 2017. (photo: Jaafar Ashtiyeh / AFP / Getty Images)
Access to their agricultural land will allow farmers a chance to restore and care for crops with hopes of reducing tensions.

By | Al-Monitor | Apr 25, 2019

This decision ‘will create thousands of job opportunities for Palestinians and will increase the agricultural produce of the two villages, most of whose population works in agriculture’.
— Qassem Awad

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The General Authority for Civil Affairs (PCA) concluded April 10 an understanding with the Israeli authorities allowing farmers in the West Bank villages of Jinsafut in Qalqilya governorate and Deir Istiya in Salfit governorate to regain access to their lands.

These farmers had been denied access to their lands for 25 years because their plots are located near the Israeli Immanuel settlement established in these villages.

According to the official Wafa news agency, PCA Director General Mohanned Shawer said that this Israeli decision is the fruit of sustained and intensive Palestinian efforts, and it will significantly contribute to helping citizens rehabilitate and exploit their lands.

Qassem Awad, director general of publication and documentation in the Wall and Settlement Resistance Committee of the PLO, told Al-Monitor, “Farmers will be reportedly given access to 79 private agricultural properties in Jinsafut and Deir Istiya.”

He explained that this decision “will create thousands of job opportunities for Palestinians and will increase the agricultural produce of the two villages, most of whose population works in agriculture. This will positively affect the economic conditions in the region.”

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