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25 years later, Palestinian farmers regain access to their lands

Farmers in the West Bank villages of Jinsafut and Deir Istiya have regained access to their lands in the wake of an Israeli decision that is expected to boost the agricultural sector and create thousands of job opportunities for Palestinians.
A general view taken on January 23, 2017 from the Palestinian West Bank village of Deir Estia shows the Israeli Jewish settlement of Alei Zahav (foreground) and the Palestinan village of Jinsafut (background).  / AFP / JAAFAR ASHTIYEH        (Photo credit should read JAAFAR ASHTIYEH/AFP/Getty Images)

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The General Authority for Civil Affairs (PCA) concluded April 10 an understanding with the Israeli authorities allowing farmers in the West Bank villages of Jinsafut in Qalqilya governorate and Deir Istiya in Salfit governorate to regain access to their lands.

These farmers had been denied access to their lands for 25 years because their plots are located near the Israeli Immanuel settlement established in these villages.

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