Days of Palestine – Jerusalem
Israeli occupation authorities in Jerusalem have approved a plan to build 1500 housing units in an illegal settlement on the Palestinian land located between the areas of “French Hill” and the “Hebrew University.”
On Thursday, the Israeli occupation-controlled Jerusalem municipality’s local planning committee approved the plan to construct “1500 housing units” on an area that spans some of 150 dunams, which claimed to be “state land.”
The construction includes 1,500 settlement units, including 500 rooms for housing for Jewish students, and 200 safe rooms, and also includes the construction of several residential towers, to be rented for long-term periods of time.
On the fifth of last month, the so-called “controlled local planning committee” of the occupation municipality in Jerusalem approved the construction of 3,557 settlement units in occupied Jerusalem, on five new schemes.
Plans since 2012 to build units in the settlement were previously met with strong opposition from Israeli allies Germany and the US, causing authorities to repeatedly postpone implementation.
But in April 2020, authorities announced that 6,500 housing units would be built for the settlement, supplanting previous plans for the area which included construction of 3,400 housing units and 1,100 hotel rooms.
In November 2020, Israel issued a tender for the construction of 1,257 units in the settlement.
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Additionally, Israeli authorities have begun promoting the construction of more than 9,000 units for a new settlement named “Atarot” on land belonging to the Palestinian village of Qalandia, in northern occupied Jerusalem.
At present, based on the result of numerous UN resolutions that cite Article 49 of the Geneva Convention, the consensus view of the international community is that Israeli settlements are illegal and constitute a violation of international law.
Since the occupation of the West Bank in 1967, numerous United Nations resolutions, including 446, 452, 465, 471, and 476 affirm unambiguously that Israel’s occupation is illegal, and, since Resolution 446 adopted on 22 March 1979, have confirmed that its settlements there have no legal validity and pose a serious obstacle to peace.