During the 1970s and 1980s, Israel issued “security orders” which resulted in the expropriation of land from Arabs in areas of Yehuda and Shomron. The state has recently announced these orders will be canceled in the near future, releasing 1,700 dunam (425 acres) of land. The state’s announcement appears to be the result of two petitions filed with the Supreme Court by the Yesh Din human rights organization on behalf of five Arab farmers in the Shomron.
“Security orders” began following the Six Day War in 1967 in areas of Yehuda and Shomron. Nothing was done with some of the areas confiscated while other areas, albeit few, are now IDF bases. The bulk of the area is near the PA (Palestinian Authority) village of Jaloud, northeast of Ariel. Residents of Burka in the northern Shomron have received their land back, which used to be part of Yishuv Chomesh.
The land in the Jaloud area was confiscated in 1978. Other areas belong to the residents of Machmas and Dir Dubuan, confiscated in 1978 and 1980-1984. An army base was constructed on a small portion of the area but it was cleared in the 1990s and nothing has been done since.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)