Israel going on with bids to build a settlement units despite int’l criticism

PNN/ Nablus/

Settlement companies in the northern West Bank have issued tenders to build a settlement neighborhood north of the “Itamar” settlement, southeast of Nablus.

According to the project, a settlement neighborhood will be built with completed foundations and not combined homes, and it includes building dozens of homes with similar areas of up to 150 square meters with a large garden, which is currently being marketed for sale before the start of construction.

The announcement of the project comes one day after the approval of the construction of 792 settlement units, most of which are concentrated in the northern West Bank, including the aforementioned “Itamar” settlement.

Thirteen settlements and 55 outposts are lying on the lands of Nablus, and the settlement bypass roads are cut off by a length of 104 kilometers, which caused the destruction of an area of ​​10,393 dunums. And the occupation maintains 24 camps in the territory of the province, and imposes closure on 80 areas.

The alternative bypass road to the main Hawara Street is one of the most dangerous settlement projects in Nablus. The declared road extends from Hawara checkpoint (south of Nablus) to Zaatarah checkpoint (south), with a length of 5.7 km. It will destroy 393 dunums of lands: Yasouf, Hawara, and a house, of which 201 dunums are planted with olive trees.

The danger of this road lies in the fact that it is not limited to the area of ​​land that it will destroy, but also includes an area of ​​2820 dunums as buffer zones on both sides of the street to prevent approaching it.

The street will limit the urban expansion, besieging the houses located between the old street and the new street, and will destroy large parts of the house, which is a source of livelihood for hundreds of Palestinian families.