Israel to inaugurate new settlement amid int’l outcry

Israel to inaugurate new settlement amid int’l outcry
Sat May 3, 2014 10:24:19

The Israeli regime plans to inaugurate dozens of new illegal settlement units in the occupied West Bank despite an international uproar over its persisting settlement expansion.

The Israeli military has called on settlers to join a ceremony to open the new settlement units built in the south of the city of Nablus in the West Bank.

More than 60 settler units built on occupied Palestinian lands will soon be ready for Israeli settlers.

The Israeli settlement watchdog, Peace Now, said in a report recently that the Tel Aviv regime has approved plans for around 14,000 new settler units on the Palestinian land during the nine months of US-brokered talks with the Palestinian Authority.

“This is an unprecedented number representing an average of 50 housing units per day or 1,540 per month,” the group stated.

Yariv Oppenheimer, head of Peace Now, said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “broke construction records during” the nine-month talks.

The presence and continued expansion of Israeli settlements, illegal under international law, in the occupied Palestinian territories has created a major obstacle for the US-sponsored efforts to establish the so-called peace in the Middle East.

More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 settlements built since the occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank, including East al-Quds in 1967.

Much of the international community regards the settlements as illegal because the territories were captured by the Israeli regime in a war in 1967 and are hence subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbid construction on occupied lands.

The occupying regime, however, defies the international demands to stop building new settlements in the occupied lands of Palestinians due to the US and other Westerners’ all-out support.


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