Oranit settlement near Qalqilya, northern West Bank

Israeli gov’t funding ecological agricultural education in settlements

By: Madeeha Araj, NBPRS- PNN/ Ramallah/

The Israeli government continues supporting settlement project in the occupied Palestinian territories as it allocated additional budgets for the establishment of settlement farms in the Efrat and Gevaa Binyamin settlements built on Palestinian land, while the Israeli Ministry of Education has allocated additional budgets for ecology studies in the settlements as the Israeli government transferred NIS 992,000 to the settlement farm.

Earlier this week, Israeli sources revealed that Yossi Lopt, a former official in the so-called Israeli Civil Administration, had announced that the settlement bloc Gush Katif had is a State land, thus established an “illegal” settlement in on it between 2013 – 2014, it extends on an area of ​​250 dunums and includes several buildings and there surrounded by 17,000 dunums of land in Bethlehem.

The Israeli Ministry of Housing and Construction published a tender for the construction of 459 housing units in the settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim as part of the “Housing Discounted” project. According to the tender, the buildings will be built in five different plots. Netanyahu is in contact with the Mayor of Ma’aleh Adumim has personally informed him the approval of the construction of 459 housing units. The highest-priced project in Israel is expected to be built in the Givat Ze’ev settlement this year. The project includes the construction of 450 housing units, ranging from 250 to 450 square meters, The initial value of the residential unit is NIS 6.5 million, and the total investment in the project is NIS 750 million of which 160 million invested in development.

The occupation authorities are also considering a plan to double the size of the settlement of Har Gilo in a way that isolates the Palestinian village of Walaja and leads to the seizure of vast areas of its land to expand Har Gilo. The plan includes the construction of 330 new housing units, public institutions, fuel station, gardens and others.

In the Salfit Governorate, the Israeli occupation forces continued to raze the settlement in Wadi Qana west of the Deir Istia town, despite being a nature reserve. According to the Civil Administration, the confiscated area is 59 dunums for the construction of 108 new settlement units. Residents of Dher Istia was informed that 3 basins known as Basin No. 9, 12,  and 13 are targeted for confiscation.

Within the contest of ​​crimes committed by extremist settlers in Hebron have cut off dozens of fruit trees in the Khallet al-Natsh area near the settlement of Kiryat Arba, and wrote hostile slogans in the area. Moreover, to the east of Hebron, Israeli occupation forces repressed a protest against the seizure of ​​more than 20 donums in the Bani Naim town in the ​​Hamra area in order to expand the settlement of “Bani Hefer.” On the other hand, the Israeli Minister of Economy and Industry, Eli Cohen, broke into the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron under the protection of the occupation forces, amid strict security procedures, and prevented citizens from reaching there.

The National Bureau for the Defense of Land and Resistance of Settlement, welcomed the adoption by the World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – UNESCO at its 42nd meeting in the Bahraini capital, Manama, the two important resolutions on the cities of Jerusalem and Hebron unanimously agreed by the 21 members of the World Heritage Committee.  The resolutions call for the cessation of violations that would change the character of the city. The occupation authorities tried to drop the two resolutions, but failed. Thus, the National Bureau considers this vote as a victory for Palestine in light of settlement escalation, and in conjunction with the fierce aggression against the Islamic and Christian sanctities and the confiscation of our land.