In Rare Move, IDF Returns Over 1,700 Dunams to Palestinian Landowners in Area C

Jewish settler Refael Morris stands at an observation point overlooking the West Bank village of Duma, near Yishuv Hadaat, an unauthorized Jewish settler outpost.

The Jerusalem Post reports: The IDF this week returned 1,700 dunams (420 acres) to Palestinian landowners by rescinding military seizure orders from the 1970s and 1980s.

The land was taken on the basis of four different seizure orders – two in 1978, one in 1980 and another in 1984.

But the military never used the land, except for two small bases that were built on the property. Those bases were abandoned in the 1990s.

The Palestinians, however, were not allowed to use the land, which belongs to the Palestinian villages of Jalud, Duma, Kusra, Mikhmas and Deir Dobwan, all located in Area C of the West Bank, which is under Israeli military and civilian rule.

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