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News code: 24403
Published Date: Sunday 7 January 2018 - 16:40:53

Israel to approve more than 1,329 illegal settlement units

Israel to approve more than 1,329 illegal settlement units
World  - Settlement watchdog from Israeli Peace Now organization claimed that the Civil Administration’s High Planning Committee is expected to approve the promotion of at least 1,329 housing units in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank.

In a statement released on Friday, Peace Now said that the committee published its agenda, and is expected to approve the new settlement units next Wednesday, January 10, Ma'an News Agency reported.

Two-thirds of the 1,329 units (883 housing units) "will be located in isolated settlements that Israel would probably have to evacuate under any two-state agreement," according to the group.

Peace Now added that a total of 361 housing units will receive approval for validation, while another 986 will be approved for deposit.

Among the plans to be approved are the expansions of the Alon settlement by 289 housing units, nearly doubling its size. Alon is located some kilometers Northeast of mega-settlement Maale Adumim in the central West Bank Jerusalem district.

A plan for the addition of 120 housing units in Karmei Tzur, North of Hebron in the Southern West Bank, is intended to expand the settlement by 91 dunams.

A plan for dozens of housing units in the settlement of Ateret, North of Ramallah in the central West Bank, is set to be advanced, despite previous legal action showing that most of the land purchases were based on forged documents.

The group highlighted that on the committee's docket is a plan for the "temporary" approval of 11 structures in the illegal Nativ Haavot outpost, which is partially located on privately-owned Palestinian land.

Despite orders from Israel's High Court for settlers to evacuate 17 buildings that were built fully or partially on private land by March 2018, Peace Now reported that the settlers are now "preparing a plan for building permits for the houses to be partially sawed off, so that it will be possible to circumvent the demand of the Court."

"It is disgraceful that the planning institutions permit such a "plan" to be brought up for discussion. This is not a planning solution, but rather a planning disgrace that violates a clear order from the High Court," Peace Now stressed.

"The government continues to act irresponsibly by promoting settlement construction, including in areas that Israel will have to evacuate under a final status agreement. Since US President Donald Trump took office, the Israeli government has abandoned all restraint and is doing everything in its power to destroy the chances for a two-state solution," Peace Now added in its statement.

Since the occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in 1967, between 500,000 to 600,000 Israelis have moved into Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory, in violation of international law.

The estimated 196 government recognized Israeli settlements scattered across the Palestinian territory are all considered illegal under international law.


Tags:: israel - palestine
News Code: 24403
Published Date: Sunday 7 January 2018 - 16:40:53
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