'Serious concern' over new settlement construction

by Garry Watts September 13, 2016, 4:54

The committee also retroactively approved 180 existing housing units built in the 1980s but not designated as legally constructed until Wednesday.

The largest single bloc, in the settlement of Elkana, east of Tel Aviv, entails the construction of 234 housing units.

"It is not enough for the United States to issue warnings about settlement expansion in the Palestinian territories", Abu Rudeinah said on Thursday. The al-Sanabel radio station was operating illegally, and preaching anti-Israel incitement, including incitement to violence and murder.

Israel said remarks by the U.N. Mideast envoy "distort history" after he declared that Israel's settlement-building is a main obstacle to peace with the Palestinians.

Around 570,000 Jewish settlers live in more than 100 settlements that have been built since Israel began the Occupation of East Jerusalem and West Bank in 1967.

One night in the fall of 1998, a self-professed "outpost entrepreneur" brought three trailers to a rugged hilltop in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and established his first pirate settlement. The UN has stated that settlement construction violates several UN Security Council resolutions.

A planning committee of Israel's military-run Civil Administration in the West Bank has approved the construction of 285 new homes at Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, according to the settlement watchdog Peace Now.

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Because the West Bank has been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967, the worldwide community calls these settlements "illegal".

A report issued in July by the Middle East peace "Quartet" - the United States, United Nations, European Union and Russian Federation - called on Israel to "cease the policy of settlement construction and expansion".

The US said it was "deeply concerned" and warned that settlement expansion posed a "very serious and growing threat" to peace with the Palestinians.

Peace efforts have been at a complete standstill since a US-led initiative collapsed in April 2014.

It said the residence in Dura near the West Bank city of Hebron Bank was razed Tuesday.

Meanwhile in the northern West Bank, PPS reported the detention of two Palestinians, identified as Ihab Fathi, 22, and Abd al-Fatah Daoud, 21, in the Tulkarem district, while Ashraf Muhammad Salama was detained in the Nablus district.

They say an Abbas-Netanyahu meeting would lead nowhere without a freeze on settlement building, the release of Palestinian prisoners and a deadline for an end to the Israeli occupation.

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