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Israel to approve new settlement units in Beit Hanina

Sept. 4, 2018 2:44 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 6, 2018 1:07 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli Jerusalem Municipality's Local Planning and Construction Committee is planning to construct some 150 new settlement housing units in the Palestinian neighborhood of Beit Hanina, in occupied East Jerusalem.

According to Israel Hayom news outlet, Israeli Jerusalem municipal officials will meet on Wednesday to discuss a plan to construct 75 illegal Israeli settlement units in Beit Hanina neighborhood.

Sources added that the construction plan will, for the first time, include a settlement expansion in Beit Hanina near the Ramat Shlomo illegal Israeli settlement.

The Committee is expected to approve the plan, which will grant 45 days for the submission of any objections.

Israel's policy of expanding settlements and outposts has been escalating recently due to the United States President Donald Trump approving three times more the amount of settlement units than that which was approved in the year and half before his inauguration.

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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