Children climb on a slide at a playground in a Jewish settlement in the Etzion settlement bloc, near Bethlehem August 31, 2014. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
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Israel announced Sunday a land appropriation in the occupied West Bank that an anti-settlement group termed the biggest in 30 years and a Palestinian official said would cause only more friction after the Gaza war.Construction of a major settlement at the location, known as "Gevaot," has been mooted by Israel since 2000 .Peace Now said the land seizure was the largest announced by Israel in the West Bank since the 1980s and that anyone with ownership claims had 45 days to appeal. Nabil Abu Rdainah, a spokesman for Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, called on Israel to cancel the appropriation.
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