- Israel Pushes Settlement Construction as Trump Leaves Office
by ASSOCIATED PRESS, via https://www.independent.co.uk/
An Israeli watchdog says the government has approved nearly 2,600 new housing units in east Jerusalem and West Bank settlements a day before President-elect Joe Biden takes office
An Israeli watchdog group said Tuesday that the government approved nearly 2,600 new housing units in east Jerusalem and the West Bank settlements a day before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.
Israeli authorities made a major last-minute push this week to advance settlement construction in the occupied West Bank, which the Palestinians seek as part of a future independent state, in the twilight hours of the Trump administration.
The anti-settlement monitoring group Peace Now said the majority of the new government tenders — published on Tuesday, President Donald Trump s last full day in office — are deep inside the West Bank. Earlier this week, the Israeli government advanced plans for nearly 800 homes in West Bank settlements.
Israel accelerated settlement construction under Trump, whose administration did not criticize settlement announcements and in 2018 said it did not consider settlements illegal under international law.
A Palestinian family contemplating its deplorable situation at the rubble of their house which Israel demolished. Israeli occupation policy of home demolition has accelerated over the past few months, especially in occupied Jerusalem and north Jordan valley.#Israel #Palestine pic.twitter.com/yL2ASuyQlr
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