Major Israeli Settlement "Unlawful"

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Major Israeli Settlement "Unlawful"
By: Tim Franks, BBC
22 December 2008
 

The human rights group B`tselem has published a report in which it states that almost 60% of the settlement of Ofra has been built on land which remains in private Palestinian ownership.

The settlement was established in 1975, just to the north-east of Ramallah.

A history of the settlement recounts how about 20 Jewish settlers, with sleeping bags and jerry cans, came one Sunday to set up camp.

Ofra`s population now numbers more than 4,000 people.

The settlement`s streets are suburban. Around the neat, red-tiled houses there are cherry orchards. The ancient hills of the West Bank provide an impressive backdrop.

"Very peaceful"

From the kitchen of her tidy house, Judy Kramer, 61, sighs with pleasure as she looks at the view through her picture windows.

"Orchards, mountains, fir tree... very peaceful, very peaceful," she says.

Judy Kramer moved here in 1990 from England, with her husband and five children.

She has seen the settlement grow hugely. And she believes that all this land belongs to the Jewish people.

Just half a mile away, the Palestinian villagers could not disagree more.

Ziad Abdul Rahman, 65, runs a grocery shop in the

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