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Israeli authorities are implementing their decision to build a new Jewish neighborhood on the occupied Palestinian land in Jabal Mukaber, South East of Jerusalem al-Quds.
Israel’s Housing Minister, Uri Ariel and Jerusalem Mayor, Nir Barkat plan to attend a ceremony to lay the foundation stone of these illegal settlements.
About 160 new housing units there have already been sold to Jewish settlers. These are in addition to 1000 new units in Palestinian neighborhoods throughout Jerusalem al-Quds. This building activity comes against the backdrop of municipal elections in Israel, where, by attending the ceremony the Mayer is attempting to win the votes of the ultra-religious and right wing extreme settlers living in the area.
Palestinian Activist Salah al-Khawajeh explained that the expansion of the settlements in the South East of Jerusalem al-Qdus is part of a greater strategy to annex the illegal settlements from Bethlehem, which is inside the 1967 green line, to Jerusalem al-Quds.
This will be the first full construction of a settlement since Washington announced resumption of direct talks between the Israelis and Palestinians with an initial deadline of 9 months. However, the Palestinian Authority has stated that they would not relinquish their pre-conditions of a complete freeze of settlement expansion particularly within the 1967 boundaries.
Settlements are illegal under international law and the fourth Geneva Convention although Israel considers occupied territories gained since 1967 to be exempt from this law.
Palestinian human rights groups say the laying down of foundation stone of yet another illegal settlement will put a nail in the coffin of negotiations with Israelis. They are calling for Israel to no longer have legitimacy through the talks but to be taken to the International Criminal Court for these crimes.
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