Jerusalem24 – Today, Thursday, the Israeli authorities imposed two fines on the village council of Al-Malih and a citizen from the northern Jordan Valley to retrieve agricultural equipment and vehicles.
The official of the Jordan Valley file in Tubas Governorate, Moataz Basharat, said that the Israeli forces imposed a fine of 3,978 (around 1300 USD) shekels on the Al-Malih village council and the Bedouin Madarib community to return the agricultural tractor they seized 90 days ago.
He added that Israel also imposed a fine of 3083 shekels (Around 1000 USD) on the citizen Harb Suleiman Afrij Abu al-Kabbash from Khirbet Humsa al-Fouqa, to restore two water tanks that were seized earlier.
In turn, human rights activist Aref Daraghmeh explained that the Israeli forces impose fines on every vehicle seized from the Jordan Valley, claiming that it is in a closed military zone.
Daraghmeh added that the Israeli authorities has recently been demanding Palestinians to sign pledges after paying the fine and reclaiming the vehicle, that the vehicle will not be present again in the area from which it was taken.
Israel classifies wide spread areas of the Jordan Valley as closed military areas, forcing the displacement of Palestinians, the seizure of their properties and the demolition of their homes.
The Israeli military has recently escalated the policy of confiscating vehicles and agricultural equipment belonging to Palestinians in the Jordan Valley. Yesterday on Wednesday, Khirbet Al-Ras Al-Ahmar was the scene of a large scale seizure of agricultural equipment and vehicles.