Palestinians and the UN have criticised what an anti-settlement watchdog says is Israel’s largest seizure of land in the occupied West Bank in more than three decades.

About 12.7 sq km (4.9 sq miles) of the Jordan Valley was declared “state property” in June, denying Palestinians there private ownership and usage rights, according to the Peace Now group.

The declaration also created “territorial continuity” between Israeli settlements in a key corridor bordering Jordan, the group said.


Announced on July 4 — interesting timing –  thumbing their noses at UN and USA?