Report: Pro-settlements firm forged 14 of 15 West Bank land deals


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Nearly all of the West Bank real estate acquisitions made by a company run by a pro-settlement activist were forged.

The details of the transactions by the Al-Watan company, owned by the Amana housing company and run by director-general Zeev Hever, were broadcast Monday on Israel’s Channel 1. A full report was to be broadcast Tuesday night on the Channel 10 news program “HaMakor with Raviv Drucker.”

According to the investigation, the documents used by illegal outposts to prove they had purchased land from their Palestinian owners were forged. Some 14 of 15 real estate transactions were found to be forged, according to the report.

The report was based on two Palestinians who acted as straw men for Al-Watan, purchasing property from landowners and then transferring it to Amana.

Among the settlements involved in the deals, which date back to at least 1990, were Migron, Amona and Givat Asaf.

Al-Watan rejected the allegations, according to the Times of Israel.

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