Israeli regime has approved the construction of 243 new illegal settler units in Palestinian territories

December 26, 2014 7:14 am
The Israeli regime has approved the construction of 243 new illegal
settler units in the occupied Palestinian territories, despite mounting
international criticism of Israeli settlement expansion.On Thursday, the
municipal planning committee in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) authorized 243
new settler units to be built in the Ramot Alon neighborhood of the
city.It also approved changes to pre-existing plans for 270 settler
units in the same area and in Har Homa settlement in the occupied West
Bank.

According to city councilor Yosef Pepe Alalu, local Israeli
authorities are taking advantage of the attention that is being given to
the March 2015 general elections in order to expand construction
projects.

A laborer stands at a construction site in Har Homa settlement in the occupied West Bank, October 28, 2014.
 
 

UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman warned the Security Council on October 29 over Israel’s expansionist policies in East al-Quds, saying they threaten the viability of a future Palestinian state.

“The reality is that continued settlement activity in occupied Palestinian territory is doing significant damage to any possibility of a lasting peace between the two sides…,” he said.

More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank, including East al-Quds, in 1967.

Much of the international community considers the settlements illegal because the territories were captured by Israel in a war in 1967 and are thus subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbid construction on occupied lands.

Palestinians are demanding that Israel withdraw from the occupied Palestinian territories. Tel Aviv, however, has refused to return to the 1967 borders and is unwilling to discuss the issue of al-Quds.

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