Leftist Israelis, Palestinians condemn new settlement plan
Left-wing Israelis and Palestinians have denounced Tel Aviv over advancement of a plan for building 1,465 settler units in the occupied al-Quds.
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According to the plan, half of the approved units would be constructed between the settlements of Givat Hamatos and Har Homa, and the rest in the occupied East al-Quds.
Peace Now, an Israeli anti-settlement monitoring group, denounced the new plan, saying the units would “prevent territorial contiguity between East Jerusalem [al-Quds] Palestinian neighborhoods and Bethlehem” in the occupied West Bank.
"All of the plans are bad news for the stability of Jerusalem and for the chances for peace, but the most harmful plan in terms of the possibility to reach two states, is the plan known as the 'Lower Aqueduct Plan' south of Kibbutz Ramat Rachel near Givat Hamatos and Har Homa, for the construction of a new neighborhood with 1,465 housing units,” read the statement.
"The new neighborhood is intended to connect the settlement of Har Homa with Givat Hamatos and complete the Israeli southern ring that will block the potential Palestinian continuum between the Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem and Bethlehem," it added.
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The Jerusalem District Planning C'tee approves a new Israeli settlement neighborhood in E Jslm connecting Har Homa and Givat Hamatos, contributing to sealing E. Jslm from Bethlehem.
Aviv Tatarsky, a researcher at the left-wing Ir Amim NGO, said it is another way in which the Israeli regime is “erasing the Green Line in Jerusalem [al-Quds], ending Palestinian contiguity, and expropriating the lands of Palestinians,” referring to a line the separates territories occupied by the Tel Aviv regime before 1967 from those it occupied after that year.
“When Palestinians tried to plan construction there, it was rejected — and now the territory will be confiscated,” Tatarsky asserted, as quoted by media outlets.
More than 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 settlements built illegally since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the West Bank and East al-Quds.
All Israeli settlements are illegal under the international law as they are built on an occupied land. The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has in its umpteen resolutions condemned the regime’s settlement activities in the occupied territories.
Palestinians want the West Bank as part of a future independent Palestinian state with East al-Quds as its capital.
Last month, a Palestinian expert said Israel’s settlement projects in the occupied East al-Quds were aimed at changing the demography and the status quo of the city's borders.
Suheil Khalilieh, head of the Settlements Monitoring Department at the Applied Research Institute-Jerusalem (ARIJ), said that the Israeli regime seeks to confiscate as much Palestinian land as possible to expand settlements in East al-Quds by taking advantage of the powers granted to the official in charge of the so-called Absentee Property Law.