Event #2803 Israeli occupation forces embark on a major expansion of the Barkan Industrial Park/Settlement in the West Bank Date: Wednesday, 3 Sep 2008
Land Research Center reports:
Israeli heavy machinery started razing and expansion works at an unprecedented scale in the hills
surrounding the Barkan Industrial Compound and the Ariel "Gardens" Industrial Zone in the Governorate of Salfit. Up to the date of writing this report more than 170 dunums were razed in the vicinity
of the colony of Barkan while more than 80 dunums were leveled around Ariel Industrial Zone. The expansion is taking place on lands belonging to Palestinian residents from the villages of Haris,
Bruqin and Sarta all of which are located west of the Governorate of Salfit.
The Barkan industrial colony was built atop lands belonging to the Palestinian villages of Haris, Bruqin and Sarta in the governorate of Salfit. It started as a nuclei for an industrial colony in
1981 and its expansion have started ever since. Currently it has 2720 dunums under its jurisdiction. Its build up area is 349 dunums with a population of 1300 colonists, according to 2005 statistics.
Factories presently exist in the colony include oil, plastic and lead factories which negatively affects the Palestinian environment. As for the Ariel Gardens, it is the industrial park associated
with the colony of Ariel which was established in 1999 west of the colony and east of the Palestinian village of Bruqin. Tens of dunums from the villages of Haris and Bruqin were confiscated for the
purpose of establishing the "Gardens" in which tens of factories are currently present.
It is to be noted that the Barkan Industrial Zone has played a major role in polluting the Palestinian environment and in spreading diseases throughout the region via pumping raw sewage from its
factories into nearby Palestinian lands. In addition, the Ariel "Gardens" produces sewage that is pumped into the village of Bruqin in a stream that sometimes comes as close as 6 meters to some Palestinian houses in the village.
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