A million Israeli landmines planted in occupied Palestinian West Bank


The 1997 Ottawa Treaty bans the use of mines, but countries like the US and Israel have opted to not sign the treaty.

About a million landmines have been planted by the Israeli occupation in occupied Palestinian West Bank, official Palestinian data has shown.

The Commissioner General of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation in Washington, Maan Erekat, said: “The number of Israeli landmines planted is between 800,000 to a million.”

During his meeting with UN and NGO officials in New York on Wednesday, Erekat said: “This significant number of landmines poses great direct danger to the safety and security of Palestinian citizens.” He discussed efforts with the officials he met to remove these landmines.

Erekat reiterated the importance of “continuing the efforts being exerted by the UN and NGO in cooperation with Palestinian parties to remove the landmines planted around the occupied West Bank.”

The Israeli occupation has planted landmines in the Palestinian territories since it occupied the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in 1967 under “security” pretexts.

There are about 51 landmine fields scattered around the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, especially in the Jordan valley, the north and west of the West Bank, near the ‘Green Line,’ around Israeli settlements and around large empty spaces where Israeli soldiers practice their military drills.

  1. #1 by Colin on 05/30/2013 - 9:34

    The US gave the criminal, terrorist Israelis cluster bombs on the condition they only be used in defense. Israel dropped millions on Lebanon, and they continue to maim and kill.

    Never in modern human history has there been such an evil cult of people. They are ticks walking on two legs, using the other four to steal and kill. Why the world doesn’t collectively declare total war on these racist, supremacist homicidal parasites is beyond comprehension.

  2. #2 by Luciana on 05/30/2013 - 9:34

    Evil is evil and there is no lesser of the two. “Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.” Matthew 26:52

  3. #3 by Iranian Guy on 05/30/2013 - 9:34

    Good plan… Excellent plan…

    Now the Israelis can step on them randomly for decades after all the Palestinians are gone.


  4. #4 by annebeck58 on 05/30/2013 - 9:34

    The only justice would come from settlers stepping on these things when running after Palestinian children. May the Palestinians be light and sure-footed and the settlers heavy and slow..
    (I think the settlers are heavy and slow, so maybe these mines will help?)

  5. #5 by 1bigcree Shadowhawk on 05/30/2013 - 9:34

    Wherever they turn up one can expect destruction and the mechanisms of same. They are a collective of the most delusional paranoid schizophrenics on the planet and pose a clear & present danger in their being left unchecked. Their infestation into the U.S. Govt the U.K. and Canada are all to well known and it must be addressed. Their immediate removal must be a mandatory action and subsequent prosecution for crimes against humanity. The many landmines mentioned here in this Article are just a small portion of explosive ordinances planted and lying on the ground where Palestinian children play. They many cluster bombs dropped into Gaza and the strip, also pose an imminent danger as a child can pick one up unknowing the result. Killing and maiming these poor refugees in their own homeland is part of the plan in the agenda. A most deplorable circumstance of which billions of U.S. tax dollars contribute.

  6. #6 by Mark Propheter on 05/31/2013 - 9:34

    Anything to kill them! Leave no one standing! Make it so even children can’t play! IT IS THE JEWISH WAY! WE WAGE WAR!

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