By: Madeeha Araj/ NBPRS/
In the West Bank, settlement and terrorist activities are continued against the Palestinian and their properties by “Pay the Price Groups, the most recent of which is attacking the towns of Ramon, Burin, Barqa and Beit Iksa, as well as the destruction of hundreds of olive trees and writing of racist slogans against the Arabs, including: “either killing or expulsion, death to the Arabs,” where the occupation authorities provide full political, legal and security protection.
For its part, Hebrew sources wrote about those escalation of terrorism against the civilians, including their reports as was disclosed during a hearing held in the Israeli occupation court in Jerusalem to discuss the crime committed by the gang in Jerusalem at the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Dec. 2007, where the perpetrator was a security dealer, but the Israeli authorities did nothing to prevent the crime.
In the Beit Iksa village, the “pay the price gang” also wrote anti-Arab slogans on a number of walls of houses calling for their expulsion and killing. They damaged tires of 20 vehicles. They also called for extensive invasion of the Al-Aqsa courtyards on the occasion of the so-called “Independence of the Jewish State”, which falls on May 13 next.
Within the contest of the so-called “Independence Day” celebrations, the Israeli police organized an open day for visitors and settlers during which they displayed some of the weapons they were using. Moreover, the police academy yard near Beit Shemesh was full of settlers and their children, who were being trained to use the rifles.
On the level of settlement activity, the Israeli occupation government approved a decision to establish residential housing units on the lands of the Al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem governorate, in basin no. 91 at the Al-Fahm area. The decision was announced via the Hebrew press and news sites to establish temporary settlement units for the settlers, who were evacuated from the settlement outpost of Hatavot that located on the land of the citizens.
The Israeli occupation authorities also began preparations for the establishment of a new settlement outpost on the lands of Sur Baher east of Jerusalem, where it will be dedicated to the retired officers at the occupation army. The land is located next to the “Palace of the Higher Commissioner.” Over the weekend, the Israeli occupation forces uprooted dozens of olive trees planted by Palestinians there, where 180 settlement units are being planned as a first step.
At the same time, the Israeli government decided to provide financial aid to encourage settlers to carry out commercial activities in occupied East Jerusalem, especially in the Old City through the so-called “Jerusalem Development Authority”, which acts in carrying out Israeli settlement plans including the Church of Sepulcher, the “Aftimos” market, Al-Sharaf neighborhood, which is called the Jewish Quarter, the New Gate in the Old City and the Rabe’a Adaweiah area in the Olives Mountain. It was said that settlers will receive grants ranging from NIS 80,000 to NIS 350,000 under the title of development and establishment of shops and markets in the Old City.
Furthemore, the municipality of the occupation in Jerusalem has allocated about NIS 6,000,000,000 to linki the US embassy building with a secondary street of emergency as it is expeted to be shifted to Jerusalem mid-next month. The Municipal Finance Committee has transferred NIS 5.8 million to start paving the embassy’s street that extends from the Arnona neighborhood towards the Diplomatic Hotel.
In a dangerous development, the US administration confirmed its continued bias towards the occupation at it replaced the term “occupied territories” into the West Bank and Gaza, and annulled the differences between the West and East Jerusalem in its annual report on human rights violations.
On the level of the stances of the Zionist parties on the settlements and its status in any political settlement, the Labor Party conference approved the statement of the party leader and the head of the “Zionist Camp”, Avi Gabai regarding the two-state solution. It is clear from the statement that the party leader calls for controling of the largest area of land, including the occupied Jerusalem and settlements, and to control as much as possible of the land, besides full security control on it.