Israel approves building plans for 31 settler homes in West Bank's Hebron

Cornelia Mascio
Ottobre 18, 2017

Palestinians have been banned from accessing the street, costing many their livelihoods and their homes.

Hebron's Palestinian municipality is expected to appeal the decision and claim ownership of the land.

Settlement building in the West Bank and annexed east Jerusalem is considered illegal under worldwide law.

Israeli anti-settlement watchdog Peace Now detailed the project's plans in an area of Hebron where the settlers live and its web site showed a graphic of what the prospective four-storey, stone-clad apartment block would look like. "While doing everything in his power to please a small group of settlers, [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu is harming Israel's morality and image overseas, while crushing basic values of human rights and dignity".

"This would be the first plan for settlers in Hebron since 2002, when approximately 10 housing units were built in Tel Rumeida under the excuse of security need", the group said in a press release. "If you compare that to previous years, in 2015 there were fewer than 2 000 units, and in 2016 there were 2 700".

Hamdallah stressed that the main obstacle in the path of the peace process is the Israeli occupation and settlement expansion.

The peace talks between Palestine and Israel have been stalled since April 2014.

Unesco's board voted to approve a proposal which referred to Hebron an "Islamic" city.

H1 is under the control of the Palestinian Authority government and home to around 200 000 Palestinians.

In Hebron, some 500 Jews live among 40,000 Palestinians.

In July, more than 100 settlers took over a Palestinian home in the heart of the Old City, which is home to the Ibrahimi Mosque, also known as the Cave of the Patriarchs.

Ramallah - Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on Monday met the Special Envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt in West Bank city Ramallah, urging the pressure Israel over settlements.

In addition to stealing olive harvest from Palestinian farmers, many lands planted with olive trees are closed to farmers due to their proximity to Israeli settlements or because they fall behind the Israeli apartheid wall.

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