The Jordan Valley has been under Israeli military occupation since 1967. Since then the Israeli military have been gradually attempting to annex the whole area, which consists 30% of the West Bank. The area used to be home to about 250,000 Palestinians who were mostly farmers but has now been reduced to less than 60,000.
Israel’s reasoning behind occupying the Jordan valley is based upon alleged ‘security’ reasons. However, the Jordan Valley contains tens and thousands of Palestinian owned land that was cultivated by the Palestinians. The Jordan River passes through the area making the area especially fertile and good for agriculture. In 2015 alone, Jordan Valley settlements appropriated 600 dunams (150 acres) of Palestinian farmland. Israeli settlers have benefitted from the highly profitable agricultural, mineral and touristic area, at the expense of Palestinians who have been forcefully displaced from their own land.