From the side of Route 449, just south of the occupied West Bank town of Silwad, Atallah Abdelhafez can almost make out the land where he and his father used to harvest grapes each autumn.

“I used to go and work the land – cultivate the soil, trim the trees – and I used to sleep there, sometimes by myself, in the summer,” Abdelhafez told Al Jazeera.

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Israeli border policemen detain a Palestinian man as they clear a protest on land that Palestinians said was confiscated by Israel for Jewish settlements, near the West Bank town of Abu Dis near Jerusalem February 16, 2015. REUTERS/Ammar Awad (WEST BANK – Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) – RTR4PT59

The edge of this busy road, which runs from the central West Bank city of Jericho to just outside Ramallah, is the nearest he can come to see his family’s 34 dunams of land.

“All of it was covered in grape trees. It’s mostly along the top of the hill,” he said, pointing to a forested ridge. “The last time I visited was in 2000, 16 years ago, but since then I have been prevented from doing so by settlers and the army.”