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Israel approves 220 settlement units in East Jerusalem

Sept. 18, 2018 1:40 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 21, 2018 2:07 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A running candidate for the Jerusalem Municipality revealed on Monday a plan approved by the Israeli Civil Administration, to construct 220 illegal Israeli settlement units in the Palestinian neighborhood of Jabal al-Mukabbir, in occupied East Jerusalem.

Hebrew-language news outlets reported that candidate Aryeh King, a right-wing, ultra-Orthodox who is heading the "United" faction, said that the 220 new settlement units will be constructed at the initiative of Israeli businessmen as well as international.

The units would serve as part of the expansion plan for the illegal Israeli settlement of Nof Tzion, adjacent to the area in question.

Sources also said that the construction plan was approved by the Israeli Civil Administration, noting that the plan is still open to objections.

However, if the construction plan is approved without any objections, 220 new settlement units are expected to start construction in the next few months.

According to settlement watchdog Peace Now, in the year and a half since President Trump took office some 14,454 units in the West Bank has been approved, which is more than three times the amount that was approved in the year and half before his inauguration (4,476 units).

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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