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"Some time later there was an incident involving a vineyard belonging to Naboth the Jezreelite. The vineyard was in Jezreel, close to the palace of Ahab king of Samaria"  (1 Kings 21 )

Seize the Moral Low Ground

Land seizure for security needs in the West Bank

From the years 1969 through 2014, the IDF issued approximately 1,150 seizure orders, 868 of which are valid to date. The total area of ​​these orders spans 104,500 dunams. After offsetting the overlap between the seizure orders issued over the years, the orders’ total area spans 101,380 dunams. The seizure orders can be divided into seven groups according to the primary functions they fulfill:

  1. Orders intended for settlement purposes, namely the establishment of settlements, which the state claimed had security value.

  2. Orders issued for military purposes, namely training and consolidating military control over the West Bank.

  3. Orders issued to situate a security network around the settlements and along bypass roads.

  4. Orders issued to pave bypass roads, for predominant use by the settler population.

  5. Orders for the construction of the separation barrier.

  6. Orders to protect the fabric of Palestinian life, which in many places has been severely disturbed by the construction of the separation barrier.

  7. Orders originally issued for military facilities, which are used by settlers in practice.

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