Palestinian Authority: Hamas is illegally taking over land, taxing residents

Palestinian Authority news outlet blames Hamas for taking over land, demanding a fee from those on unregistered land.

Dalit Halevi ,

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The Palestinian Authority news outlet Wafa has blamed the Hamas terror organization for illegally taking over tens of thousands of dunams of land which belongs to residents, and taxing anyone who does not possess land registration documents.

According to the Wafa report, Hamas prepared for this purpose a committee headed by Hamas' Land Authority Chairman Maher Abu Sabha, and prepared a plan for taking over tens of thousands of dunams which are considered to be unregistered land, in order to resell them to residents while giving preference to those who are already using the land.

The report also said that the Hamas terror organization decided that the owners of the land must pay sums of between 8,000 and 50,000 dinar per dunam, and that anyone who built a home on land which is unregistered must pay a fee to Hamas' treasury.

Wafa also claimed that during the years of its reign in Gaza, Hamas took over government land and distributed thousands of dunams to its own senior officials, especially in areas which were declared to be "tourism" areas on the Gaza beach.