Israel approves 3,800 new settlement units in Hebron 

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More than 3,800 housing units in illegal West Bank Israeli settlements will be given final approval next week.

According to the Israeli Channel 2,  3,829 housing units in the Hebron area will be given building permits next week by the Civil Administration Higher Planning Committee.

The new units will include projects in Ariel, Beit El, Tzofim, Rehalim, Nogohot, Hevron, Givat Zeev, Tekoa, Kfar Etzion, Avnei Hefetz, Nofim, Kochav Yaakov, Har Bracha, and Maaleh Michmash [Michmas] settlements.

The projects slated for approval include 296 homes for Beit El, fulfilling a promise made by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in 2012 after the Supreme Court ordered the demolition of the Ulpana neighborhood.

In August, Netanyahu reiterated his commitment, claiming that the 300 homes would receive approval from the planning committee “very soon”.

PLO Executive Committee Member, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi responded to the decision during her meeting with Norwegian Representative Hilde Haraldstad at the PLO Headquarters in Ramallah.

“We strongly condemn Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s approval of the construction of 3,829 illegal settlement units in the Occupied West Bank, including 300 units in Beit El, 206 in Tekoa, 158 in Kfar Etzion, 129 in Avnei Hefetz, 102 in Negohot, 97 in Rehelim, 48 units in Ma’ale Mikhmas, and 30 units in Jewish settlement in Hebron. It should be mentioned that permits will be granted for areas where unlawful construction has not taken place in years; these include settlements in and around Hebron, Beit El, Tekoa, and Giv’at Ze’ev,” Ashrawi said.

“Clearly, Israel is bent on entrenching the military occupation and its illegal settlement enterprise, further reaffirming its intentions of displacing Palestine and replacing it with “Greater Israel,” she added.

“Rather than becoming party to Israel’s unlawful breach of international law and conventions, the global community should hold Israel accountable for acting outside the law before it destroys the prospects of a viable Palestinian state, peace and stability indefinitely.”