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Israel approves 640 new housing units in Ramat Shlomo


By Ary Gotlib - November 08, 2018
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Tags: [settlement construction] [Jerusalem] [Settlement Expansion]

The Israeli District Planning and Building Committee in Jerusalem has approved the construction of 640 new housing units in the illegal settlement of Ramat Shlomo, as reported by Haaretz.

 
This decision comes after the Israeli approval in late October to build 20, 000 units in the Jewish settlement of Ma’ale Adumim, according to Israel Hayom newspaper.
 
Ramat Shlomo, an illegal settlement, is located between the East Jerusalem neighbourhoods of Beit Hanina and Shuafat.
 
Anti-settlement group Ir Amim argued that new settler units would be built on private Palestinian land, but Israeli committee ignored these appeals, according to Haaretz.
 
The committee’s decision is a “step that violates the property rights of Palestinian landowners through and through,” Ir Amim researcher Aviv Tatarsky said.
 
“This decision is additional proof that Israeli control in East Jerusalem means a regime based on serious discrimination.”
 
In a statement published on its website Sunday, and published in Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah,the Turkish Foreign Ministry stated;
 
“Israeli authorities disregarded international law once again by approving the construction of new housing units in the illegal settlements of Ramat Shlomo and Ramot in East Jerusalem."
 
The ministry added that Turkey is rejecting these illegal steps by Israel, which “undermine and destruct the vision of a two-state solution”.
 
Since the election of Donald Trump in late 2016, the Palestinian Authority accuses the US administration of failing to have a critical eye on Israeli settlement activity.
 
The Palestinian Foreign Ministry also highlighted after US President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israeli state, Jewish occupation is intensifying settlement rhythm construction in East Jerusalem.
 
The Ministry added that this decision “encourages Israel’s extreme right, which plans to swallow the West Bank.”
 
Since 1967 and the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, 650,000 Israelis are currently living on more than 100 settlements.
 
According to MEMO, Israeli Minister of Construction Yoav Galant claimed two weeks ago that theses places in East Jerusalem are “historic, strategic and of national importance” for Jews.
 
He also said the West Bank, from a security point, is not a “negotiable asset” and mentioned that these settlements would help protect Israel “from both known and unknown threats from the east.”
 
West Bank and East Jerusalem are both viewed by international law as "occupied territories" and considers all Jewish settlement-building activity there as illegal.
 

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