Days of Palestine

Thursday, February 9

Israeli Occupation Approves Construction of New Colonial Units in occupied West Bank

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Israeli occupation approved Thursday, 24 November 2022 plans for the construction of hundreds of new colonial settler units in the central part of the occupied West Bank.

Israeli colonial units will be built in the illegal Israeli settlement of Efrat, located 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) south of occupied Jerusalem in favor of the illegal confiscation of Palestinian-owned lands south of Bethlehem, Media sources reported.

The report added that the plan also includes the establishment of a new settlement with 7,000 units in Bethlehem.

Earlier, the Israeli occupation Supreme Court had thrown out an appeal submitted by Palestinians to prevent the settlement expansion plan, which will seize 1,200 dunams (296.5 acres) of land in Khallet al-Nahla area of Wadi Rahal village, south of Bethlehem.

Moreover, the Palestinian Wall and Settlements Resistance Commission said Israeli occupation had given the green light for the expropriation of Palestinian lands near the central West Bank city of Salfit.

The commission said the so-called Israeli Civil Administration ordered the confiscation of more than 360 dunams (nearly 89 acres) of land in the city of Biddya and Kafr ad-Dik town, located 9.5 kilometers (5.9 miles) west of Salfit.

The Wall and Settlements Resistance Commission highlighted that the measure will pave the way for Israeli officials to proceed with expanding the illegal Tal Shahrit outpost built in the area.

Emboldened by former US president Donald Trump’s all-out support, Israel has stepped up its illegal settlement construction activities in defiance of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334, which pronounced settlements in the West Bank and East al-Quds “a flagrant violation under international law.”

Much of the international community regards the Israeli settler units in the occupied lands as illegal.

More than 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the West Bank and East al-Quds.

All Israeli settlements are illegal under international law. The UN Security Council has condemned Israel’s settlement activities in the occupied territories in several resolutions.