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Israeli settlement activities in West Bank escalate

Image of settlement construction work in West Bank on 2 April 2017 [Wisam Hashlamoun/Apaimages]
Image of settlement construction work in West Bank on 2 April 2017 [Wisam Hashlamoun/Apaimages]

Israeli occupation authorities yesterday approved the construction of more than 1,000 new housing units in the illegal settlements across the occupied West Bank.

According to Israel’s Walla news, the Israeli settlement ratification includes the establishment of a new settlement named Amihai, replacing the Amona outpost which was evacuated months ago.

Walla added that the decision came in response to direct orders made by the Israeli political leaders. A total of 2,600 housing units in the illegal settlements of the West Bank are also set to be approved by the occupation this week.

 

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  • Vinegar Hill

    The announcement is just another effort in violating international law. Israel knew from day one that the settlements were and still are today illegaL. Added to this Israel has no legal right to the West Bank or the city of Jerusalem.

    Jerusalem, 16 Elul 5727
    21 September 1967
    TOP SECRET
    Minister of Justice
    Dear Minister,
    Subject: Settlement in the Administered Territories

    Please find enclosed a copy of a memorandum on the
    above subject, which was written by the Legal Counsel to the
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs after a conversation with me.
    The Prime Minister has asked that your attention be
    drawn to the enclosed with a view to the establishment of
    outposts, army bases and settlement points and the settlement of
    refugees in the administered territories.
    The Prime Minister will be grateful for your opinion.
    Regards,
    Aviad Yafeh
    Head of the Prime Minister’s Office
    Copy: Dr Y. Herzog
    TOP SECRET

    From the point of view of international law, the key
    provision is the one that appears in the last paragraph of Article 49
    of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Israel, of course, is a party to
    this Convention. The paragraph stipulates as follows:
    “The occupying power shall not deport or transfer parts of
    its own civilian population into the territory it occupies”.

    The prohibition therefore is categorical and not
    conditional upon the motives for the transfer or its objectives. Its
    purpose is to prevent settlement in occupied territory of citizens of
    the occupying state

    Regards,
    [signed]
    T. Meron
    Copy: Director‐General
    Mr S. Hillel