News ID: 102477
Publish Date : 13 May 2022 - 22:34

WEST BANK (Dispatches) – The Zionist regime has advanced plans to build 4,427 housing units for settlers in the occupied West Bank, an Israeli NGO revealed.
The high planning committee of the regime’s so-called civil administration - an authority that runs the occupied West Bank - approved 2,791 units and initial endorsements for another 1,636, according to Peace Now, an NGO that monitors settlement expansion on occupied lands.
“This is bad news for Israel and deepens the occupation, making it harder to achieve future peace,” Hagit Ofran of Peace Now said.
“The approval of these construction plans in the settlements is a slap in the face, not only to the prospect of [the so-called] peace, but also to the possibility of some future Palestinian economic development.”
Nearly 700,000 Zionists live in illegal settlements in the West Bank and East Al-Quds, which the occupying regime illegally occupied during the 1967 war.
Peace Now’s report on the settlement expansion increased tensions across the West Bank after the killing of veteran Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh on Wednesday during a Zionist raid on the town of Jenin.
The settlement units will be scattered throughout large areas of the West Bank known as Area C.
Zionist prime minister Naftali Bennett was the former head of a settler lobby organization and has been adamant in his opposition to Palestinian statehood.
Ofran also said it was “disappointing” that the regime was following the similar hostile policies of former Zionist prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu against Palestinians.
In the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, Bassam al-Salhe, a member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), called on Palestinians to “step up their struggle in the face of these settlement projects.”
He also called on the international community “to take deterrent action against Israel to compel it to stop settlement and its aggression against our Palestinian people.”
Later on Thursday, the European Union condemned and deeply deplored the regime’s approval of plans for building nearly 4,500 settler units in the occupied West Bank.
The EU made the remarks in a statement issued by its high representative and foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell.
“The European Union condemns and deeply deplores today’s approval, by Israeli authorities, of plans for advancing over 4,400 housing units, further expanding illegal settlements across the occupied West Bank, as well as the retroactive approval of three illegal outposts,” the statement said.
All settlements are illegal under international law as they are built on occupied land. The United Nations Security Council has condemned the Zionist regime’s settlement activities in the occupied territories in several resolutions.
Palestinians want the West Bank as part of a future independent Palestinian state with East Al-Quds as its capital.

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