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Israel to approve 2,000 new settlement units

Aug. 22, 2018 4:25 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 28, 2018 4:22 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israel's Civil Administration's Higher Planning Council is considering to approve the construction of 2,000 settlement units, including 1,000 completely new settlement units.

According to Hebrew-language news outlets, the settlement units would be distributed as follows: 55 units in the illegal Israeli settlement of Beit El, 200 units in Maale Efrayim, 30 units in Ateneul, in addition to hundreds of settlement units in Alfeh Minashei, Beit Aryeh, and Adam.

Last week, the Jerusalem Municipality and the Israel Land Administration announced the approval to construct 20,000 new settlement units in Jerusalem, as well as the construction of new industrial and commercial areas, including hotels, on an area of 3 million square meters.

Sources reported that the new settlement units project will be inside Jerusalem City, surrounding Begin, Givat Ram, Pisgat Zeev, Malha area, Kiryat Yovel, French Hill, and several more areas.

Sources added that the Jerusalem Municipality will allocate more than 1 billion shekels ($275,376,837) to renovate the city's infrastructure and public areas, including neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem.

Additionally, the Israeli government approved 650 new settlement units in the illegal Israeli settlement of Beit El, which is one of the biggest settlements in occupied West Bank.

The project of 650 settlement units will be laid out as an entirely new neighborhood and will be increasing the population density of Israeli settlers by 65%.

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.

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