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Drowning among Israeli settlements, an ancient Christian village in Palestine struggles to survive

• by Yumna Pate

In late July, the village of Aboud, whose existence dates back two millennia, was handed an order by Israeli authorities confiscating some 324 dunums (80 acres) of land shared by Aboud and its neighboring village al-Lubban al-Gharbiya.

Israeli authorities confiscated the land under the pretext that it would be used to build an Israeli-only road between the two illegal settlements of Beit Arye and Ofarim — both of which are built on the lands of Aboud.

The villagers however, insist that this time, it is not an ordinary tale of land confiscation — something they have been subject to for decades.

"There is already a road that exists between the settlements, so they are lying to us when they say they are taking the land for this purpose," 70-year-old Abdullah Sharqawi, a resident of Aboud, told Mondoweiss.

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