West Bank land annexed to Israeli kibbutz

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli researcher says a tract of Palestinian land in the West Bank has been annexed to a nearby kibbutz inside Israel for the first time.

Researcher Dror Etkes says for decades Israeli authorities seized such lands for Jewish settlers inside the West Bank, but not for communities in Israel proper.

Etkes says 375 acres from the Palestinian village of Bardaleh were annexed to the Israeli Kibbutz Meirav.

The land in question lies on the Israeli side of a barrier built to keep out Palestinian militants.

Israeli military spokesman Guy Inbar confirmed Saturday that the land now belonged to the kibbutz, but he didn't have more details.