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Israel implemented 53 West Bank settlement projects in April

May 3, 2019 3:41 P.M. (Updated: May 6, 2019 12:10 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- The Jerusalem Center for the Study of Israeli Affairs documented 53 settlement projects implemented by Israel in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, during the month of April.

The center’s report, which was issued on Thursday, said the Israeli settlement projects and activities included the confiscation of Palestinians land, sending out demolition notices to Palestinian structure, and the actual demolition of tens of residential and commercial establishments, as well as the construction of thousands of settlement housing units in the West Bank settlements.

According to the report, the Israeli measures have also affected facilities owned by Arab-Israelis as part of a policy aimed at displacing them.

The center’s director, Imad Abu Awad, said the Israeli demolition and settlement process is growing on an almost monthly basis, which suggests that the Israeli occupation plan aims to use it as political aesthetic to counter any Palestinian movement.

The report added that occupied East Jerusalem remains the first target of these measures but where almost 50% of the demolition orders were issued inside Jerusalem.

The report pointed out that the construction of illegal Israeli settlement housing units has increased in 2018 by 9% compared to 2017.

The report confirmed that Israel built nearly 1,800 settlement units per year during the last 10 years before 2018, however, in 2018, the number increased to 2,000 housing units.

It added that the figure is likely to increase in 2019 ahead of the United States’ announcement of the so-called “Deal of the Century” and the entry of the right-wing parties into the newly elected Israeli government.

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