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2,400 Dunams of Palestinian Land Transferred To Settlement Company.

Published on Wednesday, 28 January 2015 12:24

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PNN / Nablus

Head of the Israeli occupation army's Central Command, Nitzan Alon has appointed an officer to investigate how the Civil Administration in the West Bank gave lands worth millions of shekels to the Samaria Development Company, despite his explicit order not to do so, Haaretz said.

2,400 dunams of West Bank Palestinian land were slated to become an industrial park, just across the Green Line from Rosh Ha'ayin settlement, Northern West Bank.

The industrial park's establishment has been delayed for years by a three-way dispute between the Samaria Regional Council and the settlements Elkana and Oranit over control of the lucrative property. Whichever locality controls it will get tens of millions of shekels in development fees and municipal taxes.

Israeli sources claim that Alon had no intention to transfer the land, and will open probe to find our who signed documents transferring responsibility for planning the land to the Samaria Development Company.

Essentially, this means land worth millions of shekels was allocated without a tender, and behind Alon's back.

The company is jointly owned by the occupied Samaria Regional Council and the settlements under its jurisdiction. It is headed by Gershon Mesika, who is also chairman of the Samaria Regional Council and a Likud party activist.

Alon discovered the land allocation by chance and decided to appoint Col. Uri Mendes to investigate how it happened. The investigation is still in progress, but Haaretz has learned that Defense Ministry officials were apparently involved in the allocation. Yesterday, Elkana Mayor Asaf Mintzer sent a letter to all the settlement's residents welcoming Alon's decision to cancel the land allocation, Haaretz said.

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