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Israel constitutes apartheid in West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, encouraged by US administration

In his weekly report about  Israeli settlements activities in the occupied West Bank including Jerusalem  the National Bureau for the Defense of  Land  stated , that another chapter in the Israeli  apartheid policy against the Palestinian people in the occupied West Bank, has been taken as a special road named 4370 was opened with a cost of NIS 150,000,000 i.e. $ 43,000,000, to the north-east of the city of Jerusalem merely to be used by settlers, prohibited for the Palestinians, encouraged and supported by the US administration, and the silence of the international community and its double standard policy, which encourage Israel and settlers to go ahead with their crimes and violations against the Palestinian in the territories that have been occupied since 1967.

The “apartheid road” starts from the town of Anata, northeast of occupied Jerusalem to the Zayyim town. It then reaches connects several settlements near Ramallah to occupied Jerusalem. It is 3km long and nearly 8m high between the mountains, separating Palestinian drivers from Israeli ones. Its main purpose is to link the Israeli settlements located within the borders of the Israeli occupation municipality in Jerusalem with other settlements outside its borders, and near the separation wall. Head of the Settlement Council, Benjamin Gantz, who participated in the opening of the street, considered it as “the oxygen pipe for the settlers there.

In such step, the Israeli occupation government insists on moving forward with establishing the apartheid regime in occupied Palestine, similar to the apartheid one in South Africa by seizing, stealing and depriving Palestinians of their main source of life and economy as it controls all natural resources through the transfer of Palestinian communities into isolated enclaves, control their movement through the iron gates and military towers at their entrances, in addition to the military barriers that turn some of them into borders as the ones between countries.

The National Bureau for the Defense of the Land and Resist Settlement said that such projects and roads are part of the EI settlement project to the east of Jerusalem, which aims to isolate the holy city from the occupied West Bank through linking Jerusalem with the settlement of “Ma’ale Adumim”, till the Dead Sea, which means cutting the West Bank And completely isolating Jerusalem from its surroundings.

On the other hand, it was recently disclosed that a serious settlement projects are to be implemented in the area south of Bethlehem, east of Ramallah and Jerusalem, and the Jordan Valley, where the Israeli Ministry of Finance granted the license to implement a settlement plan to seize about 139 dunums of the land from the Deir Dibwan village, aiming to connect the settlement “Ma’aleh Mikhmas” with “Mitzpeh Danny settlement”. The Israeli authorities have also allocated about 48 dunums for the construction of public buildings and institutions, 26 dunums for the construction of a new road and 15 dunums for the establishment of hiking areas, as well as for the establishment of parking lots for commercial vehicles.

As the early elections of the Israeli Knesset are drawing, the so-called “Civil Administration” of the Israeli occupation approved the request of the Ministry of Housing to allocate hundreds of dunums to the expansion of settlements in the Bethlehem area, within the occupation government plan to besiege Bethlehem with settlements. It also allocated about 1,200 dunums for establishing a new settlement neighborhood, “Giv’at Itam”, and the occupation ministry will allocate funds from its budgets to support the plan, which in turn will lead to the expansion of the Efrat settlement towards Bethlehem.

In the Palestinian territories, the Israeli occupation forces continue their plans to resolve the fate of the Jordan Valley by annexing more lands to Israel. Thus, the Israeli army destroyed the village of Khirbet Abu Zik last week in the northern Jordan, which is inhabited by working in the field of grazing livestock, it was completely destroyed by occupation tanks.

Within the occupation government’s support for gangs of settlers, Israeli Justice Minister, Ayelet Shaked met with the families of the murderers of the martyr, Aisha Rabi, and told them that she had spoken to the Israeliprosecutor about the case, adding the Israeli military court in Rishon Lezion has decided to release four of the murderers, who attacked Aisha with stones near Nablus city, until she succumbed to death.

According to the data, the number of settler attacks against Palestinians and their land and properties have tripled over the past year compared to previous one, indicating that settler terrorism has become an integrated system established in the settlements located on the lands of citizens from the northern West Bank to the south, Under the supervision, support and financing of the ruling right in Israel and its various arms, and with the release of the terrorists accused of killing Aisha as a new green light for the resumption of their attacks against the Palestinians.

In a report that clearly showed the incitement to evacuate the Palestinian in the village of Khan-Ahmar, the Israeli daily Ha’aretz reported that the evacuation of the village had not yet taken place, despite PM Netanyahu’s announcement on Nov. 19th that the village will soon be evacuated. The newspaper called the Khan Ahmar as an “illegal Bedouin area”, allegedly saying it was established 10 years ago, claiming that it is a kind of plan submitted by the former Palestinian PM, Salam Fayyad within a strategy to extend control of the  Palestinians on areas C, and other strategic areas.

Within the context of the endless support of the American administration to the Israeli occupation and its settlements, the US National Security Advisor, accompanied by the US ambassador to the occupation authority, David Friedman, and the Minister of Agriculture in the Israeli government Uri Ariel have violated the international law and the international legitimacy as they toured the Old City of Jerusalem attempting to impose a de-facto position in the place, in the light of international rejection of the unilateral actions taken by the US administration to consider Jerusalem as the capital of the Israeli Occupation State.

13.1.2019                                                                                                                                  Media Office

Source: The National Bureau for Defending Land and Resisting Settlements

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