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Israeli committee proposes 1,064 settlement units in East Jerusalem

July 4, 2018 12:09 P.M. (Updated: July 5, 2018 10:52 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israel’s Civil Administration’s Higher Planning Committee presented on Tuesday six architectural plans to build more than 1,000 new settlement units in occupied East Jerusalem.

According to Hebrew-language news outlets, the new settlement housing units are intended for the expansion of the illegal Israeli settlement of Pisgat Zeev in the Jerusalem district.

The current project included the construction of 1,064 new housing units that would lead to the rapid expansion of the Pisgat Zeev illegal settlement towards the neighborhood of Beit Hanina from its western side and towards the neighborhood of Hizma from the east.

Hebrew-language news sites added that the project is the largest that has been launched during the past two years ago in the occupied areas of Jerusalem.

Since US President Donald Trump took office nearly a year and a half ago, Israel has submitted and approved over 14,454 units in the West Bank.

The original settlement plan was submitted to Israel’s Civil Administration’s Higher Planning Committee in July 2017 as part of a large campaign to begin construction of about 2,000 settlement units in Jerusalem.

Since the occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in 1967, between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis have moved into Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory, in violation of international law.

The estimated 196 government recognized Israeli settlements scattered across the Palestinian territory are all considered illegal under international law.

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