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PALESTINIANS CULTIVATE VILLAGE LAND NEAR BETHLEHEM SETTLEMENT

BETHLEHEM, Palestine, Dec 23 – Palestinians from the village of Tuqu, cultivated their land on Monday, despite attempts by settlers and Israeli military forces to stop them, locals said.

Israel’s army prevented a Ma’an TV crew from entering the area, to film the event, claiming it was a closed military zone.

The land is located south-east of Bethlehem, near the illegal settlement of Nokdim, home to Israeli foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman.

Locals and the mayor of Tuqu also participated in the event, with the head of the settlement’s security attempting to provoke locals by driving across the agricultural land.

Villagers have been unable to cultivate their land in the area for over 15 years, with Israel claiming that it belongs to Nokdim settlement.

SOURCE: MA’AN

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