Occupation announced 31 settlement building plans in the West Bank during the past three months

During the past three months, the Israeli occupation authorities announced 31 settlement building plans in the West Bank in a blatant violation of international legitimacy resolutions which affirm the illegality of the Israeli settlement building activities in the occupied Palestinian territories and call for halting them.

In its weekly report published on Saturday, the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s (PLO) National Bureau for Defending the Land and Resisting Settlements said that The Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett repeats in his statements to media outlets that settlement expansion will continue in the West Bank and that he will prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state on the basis of the June 4th 1967 line.

The report went on to say that the occupation forces razed areas of Palestinian land in Deir Al-Ghusoun town, north of Tulkarm, and seized lands in Deir Istiya town in Salfit city to expand settlement operations. The occupation forces also razed all the roads leading to Jabal Sabih (Mount Sabih) area in Beita town in Nablus in order to impede the Palestinians’ access to this area to participate in demonstrations protesting against the establishment of a settlement outpost on the top the mountain.

 The report pointed out that last week, the occupation forces intensified their military presence in occupied Al-Quds, isolated the city’s neighborhoods and towns from each other, closed dozens of roads and streets, and provided protection for hundreds of Israeli settlers to storm Al-Aqsa Mosque. They also closed Al-Ibrahimi Mosque in Al-Khalil city to prevent the Palestinian worshippers and the employees of the Palestinian Ministry of Endowments from entering it.

According to the report, extremist settlers continued to attack the cities and towns of the West Bank. They stormed the towns of Al-Ram and Al-Tur in occupied Al-Quds, the old town in Al-Khalil and the town of Burin in Nablus, and attacked Palestinian houses and properties. The Israeli settlers also uprooted 500 olive plants from Palestinian agricultural lands in Kisan village in Bethlehem.

Hamda Mustafa

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