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Israel to build 2,500 more housing units in the West Bank for settlers


By Henry James - May 28, 2018
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Tags: [Bedouin] [Settlement Expansion] [settlements] [Israeli Supreme Court]

Consistent with the continual colonisation of the West Bank, Israel has approved to build 2,500 new housing units in 2018, illegal under international law. 

Thursday, Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Liberman made the announcement on May 24, adding he would seek the approval of a further 1,400 units to be built at a later date.

The new housing will be built in over 30 settlements throughout the West Bank. The main settlements being; Ariel, Ma’ale Adumim, Ma’ale Efrayim, Kiryat Arba, Hinanit, Avnei Heftz, Talmon, Kfar Etzion and Tenez Omarim.
 
Due to settlement construction being illegal under international law, Palestinian Foreign Affairs Minister, Riyad Al-Maliki asked for a legal investigation in the International Criminal Court (ICC).
 
According to Riyad Al-Maliki, Israel colonisation represents «”the single most dangerous threat to Palestinian lives, livelihoods, and national rights.” Since the Israeli colonisation of the West Bank after 1967, new settlements are regularly erected. The West Bank counts 131 illegal settlements, lived in by 386, 000 settlers. Of the whole West Bank, 13% of the inhabitants are now settlers.
 
Coinciding with the most recent announcement, the Israel Supreme Court ruled on Thursday the approval for the destruction of bedouin village, Kan al-Ahmar, located in the Area C, north-east of Jerusalem and close to multiple settlements.
 
The Supreme Court claimed they didn’t find any viable reason to intervene in the Israeli Defence Minister’s decision ordaining the demolition of Khan al-Ahmar. The Court has declared that the Bedouin village was established without a construction permit - a permit almost impossible to obtain for Palestinians residing in Area C of the West Bank.
 
“By any standard of international humanitarian law, the verdict is an approval by the Israeli court of a crime against humanity,” Shlomo Leck, the lawyer representing the village, said in a statement.
 
The court rejected two petitions against the demolition by village residents, and parents of children at the school who come from surrounding Bedouin communities.
 
The 200 residents of Khan al-Ahmar will be moved to an area that has been allocated to the by the Defence Ministry’s Civil Administration on land in the area of the town of Abus Dis. A new school is also to be built in that area.
 
By building new settlements in the West Bank, and destroying another bedouin community in the meantime, Israel is taking a step away from the peace process by clearly showing that Palestinian’s life don’t matter to them. They are violating international laws, by adding more settlements and destroying more communities in the occupied West Bank.

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