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New Settlement Plan Named ( E-II ) Around Bethlehem Besieges City Construction

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 the Israeli occupation government continues imposing facts on the ground through building, expanding settlements and approving additional settlement plans to strengthen control on the Palestinian land in the West Bank, including Jerusalem. Within the context of the settlement plans and the electoral battle, a plan was put forward to build 2500 settlement units near the Efrat settlement south of Bethlehem in a project called “E-II” that Netanyahu’s support in order to get the votes of the Israeli right-wing, and to prevent any development or expansion in the city.

The so-called Israeli “civil administration” allows settlers to set up an “agricultural farm” in the area, as well as posting notices on its website that it plans to build hundreds of housing units on 1,182 dunums of the city, and if the 2,500 additional settlement units are built, the project could transform the settlement into a new city to be added to the 4 settlements that were classified as Israeli cities that are, Elit – south of occupied Jerusalem, Betar Illit – south of Jerusalem, Ma’ali Adumim – East Jerusalem  and Ariel on the lands of the governorate and the city of Salfit south of Nablus.

Around Jerusalem, the Israeli Ministry of Housing and Construction also plans to build 459 new housing units in the Kikar Kedem settlement. In mid-Dec.  the ministry published a NIS 20 tender for the rehabilitation and development of the infrastructure and construction there. Besides, a plan to build 5250 new housing units, 300 hotel rooms, commercial and industrial areas, and parking on a hill north of Al-Walaja village in occupied Jerusalem. The plan is part of a comprehensive plan to survey the “Green Line separating the territories occupied in 1948 and the territories occupied in 1967.” It was recently revealed that the “Horizon Settlement Association” is behind all that, and finances the re-construction of the “Amona settlement “, which settlers returned to on 14th  of last month, which were vacated two years ago, and they put new buildings, allegedly saying that they bought the land.

The occupation authorities use various forms and tricks to prevent citizens from reaching their land. They systematically  loot Palestinian lands by preventing them access into their agricultural land in the areas between the Apartheid Wall and the Green Line, which are 137,000 dunums. The so-called Israeli Civil Administration significantly reduced the number of Palestinian farmers allowed to work in their land located in the green line, and the percentage of refusal to grant permits to Palestinian farmers to work in their land reached 72% in 2018, compared to 24% in 2014. From the beginning of 2018 until 25 Nov. the Civil Administration agreed to give 1876 as agricultural permit out of 7187 applications. That means that there is a high percentage increase in refusal to grant permits compared to 2014. In 2008, 83% of the applications were rejected on grounds of “non-compliance” or “security reasons” or “land is too small to be exploited.”

More information emerged about Jewish terror organizations in the West Bank settlements, where a senior Israeli security source has warned of a terrorist settler gangs are working committing crimes against the Palestinian citizens in the occupied West Bank, such as the targeting of Palestinian figures, as happened recently with photo of the President Mah’d Abbas, and attacking the convoy of PM Dr. Rami Hamdallah at the Za’tara Junction south of Nablus.

At the same time, Israeli security revealed disturbing data about the escalation of “Jewish terrorism” operations during the past year, a steady increase of 30% over the previous year. According to data published by the Israeli security forces, over the past year, 300 terrorist attacks have been carried out by Jewish extremist groups. Despite the security warnings, it is clear that the Israeli Judiciary is an integral part of the occupation system and its resolutions have nothing to do with the law.

 

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