Israel gears up to build 800 settlement units in Occupied Jerusalem

800 new settlement units

The Israeli-run Jerusalem Municipality’s planning and construction committee is set to approve a plan to build 800 new settlement housing units in the occupied city, Ynet News reported Thursday.

According to Ynet News, the plan to build 800 settlement units will be discussed at the committee’s next meeting.

The new homes are planned to be built in Pisgat Ze’ev, Neve Ya’akov, Ramot, and Gilo Israeli settlements.

The local committee will also submit construction plans for an additional 114 residential units in the Palestinian neighbourhoods of Jabel Mukaber, Ras al-Amud, Sharafat, Shuafat and al-Tur.

The expected settlement approvals mark the largest expansion over the past few years.

In recent weeks, Israel has stepped up its settlement activity in Jerusalem, a city that has been occupied by the Zionist entity since 1967.

On Wednesday, the Jerusalem committee approved plans to build dozens of settlement units in Ramat Shlomo and Ramot.

All Israeli settlements are illegal under international law as they are built on land stolen from the Palestinians. Such land is also supposedly earmarked for any future Palestinian state, but the settlements are making the viability of such an entity less and less likely.

(Source / 06.07.2017)

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