Oct 13, 2019 14:11 UTC
  • Israel to construct over 250 new settler units in occupied West Bank

251 is the number of new housing units the Israeli regime plans to build in the occupied West Bank, irrespective of international outcry against its settlement expansion policies.

According to Press TV, the Head of the Committee Against the Wall and Settlements in Bethlehem, Hassan Bureijia, said in a statement on Sunday that High Planning Committee of the Israeli Civil Administration approved the construction of 146 housing units in Gush Etzion settlement south of Bethlehem, while 105 settler homes will be built in Kfar Eldad settlement south of al-Quds.

Bureijia said Israeli authorities had also seized a vast area of land in Nahalin village in order to expand Alon Shvut settlement.

More than 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds.

The UN Security Council has condemned Israel’s settlement activities in the Occupied Territories in several resolutions.

Less than a month before US President Donald Trump took office, the United Nations Security Council in December 2016 adopted Resolution 2334, calling on Israel to “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, including East” al-Quds.

Palestinians want the West Bank as part of a future independent Palestinian state with East al-Quds as its capital.

The last round of Israeli-Palestinian talks collapsed in 2014. Among the major sticking points in those negotiations was Israel’s continued settlement expansion on Palestinian territories.