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

Madeeha Araj
2019 / 1 / 8

By: Madeeha Araj,

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.

A list of Israeli Occupation and Settlers Assaults over the Last Week, Documented by the National Bureau:



Jerusalem:

Demolishing a house belonging to the Al-Moghraby family, near the settlement of "Atarot" located on the land of Qalandia and Bir Nabala, under the pretext of building without a permit.



Excavating in the Wadi Hilweh area in the town of Silwan caused major damage to 70 houses and cracks in others.

 

Ramallah:

12 sheep were killed and 18 others injured by a settler vehicle in the Al-Mughir village, east of Ramallah.



Attacking a house belonging to Ra ed Moh d Hamad with stones near the northern entrance of Silwad village, east of Ramallah.

Hebron:

Beating youth Hatem Samih Muhtasib, 22, from Tel-Rumeida neighborhood in Hebron.

Leveling agricultural land in Rakez area near Twani in Mafar Yatta, owned by Sa id Moh d al-Amour, and Ahmad al-Hamamdeh, and they were expelled from his agricultural land after the demolition of an agricultural room.

 

Bethlehem:

Confiscating a mobile agricultural house belonging to Bilal Funoun in the area of ​-;-​-;-Khallet Adas from the land of Nahhalin village west of Bethlehem, and prevented him from taking care of his land and planting it.

Handing over an order toSamer Fayez Shakarneh to sop building in his 130-m2 house under the pretext of not having a license.

Nablus:

Breaking into the tomb of Joseph, hit the correspondent of Palestine TV journalist, Bakr Abdul-Haq with a rubber bullet in his foot, and the medic, Yassin Omran with rubber bullets, one of which penetrated the lower jaw, along with dozens of cases of suffocation.

Throwing stones at Palestinian vehicles near Huwara checkpoint.

Invading the archaeological site in the town of Sebastia north of Nablus. The mayor of Sebastia, Moh d Azem, said that more than fifty settlers broke into the archaeological site under the protection of the occupation army.

Salfit:

Uprooting about 30 olive trees and cutting 20 others in the town of Bruqin, west of Salfit. And handing over of an order to stop working at his land under the pretext that it is state property, noting that the land of ​-;-​-;-3 donums are planted with olive trees.

Qalqiliya:

4 citizens of Ramadin South, south of Qalqilya, were ordered to stop construction of two houses, and more than 250 citizens in the Arab region of Ramadin are facing the same, and 60 houses that are under threat of demolition.

Jordan Valley:

Carrying out military exercises inside Palestinian agricultural land in Khirbat Ibiziq in the northern Jordan Valley, evacuated the residents from their homes and lands.

Chasing Palestinian shepherds in the Ein El-Hilweh and Farsi areas in the northern Jordan Valley area, and then expelled them




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