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Israel seized 2,500 acres of Palestinian land in 2017

Jewish settlements in West Bank and East Jerusalem increase by three times in 2017
Constructions of the Israeli settlement Ramot continues on Palestinian lands in Jerusalem, on 22 November 2017 [Mahmoud Ibrahim/Anadolu Agency]
Constructions of the Israeli settlement continues on Palestinian lands on 22 November 2017 [Mahmoud Ibrahim/Anadolu Agency]

Israel has seized around 2,500 acres of Palestinian land, destroyed 500 buildings and constructed eight new Jewish settlement units in 2017, according to Palestine’s Land Research Centre (LRC).

According to the report of the centre, Israel seized Palestinian lands with “military aims” and the “aim to construct Jewish settlement units” in the West Bank and Eastern Jerusalem.

The report also recorded 900 incidents of violence and attacks of Israeli forces in East Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque.

According to Israeli and Palestinian law institutions, activities of Jewish settlement in West Bank and East Jerusalem have increased by three times in 2017 compared with the previous year.

Peace Now movement also announced that Israeli government approved the construction of 1,982 houses in 2015, 2,629 houses 2016 and this figure increased to 6,500 in 2017.

Read: Israel’s Likud Party approves plans for annexation of West Bank settlements

Israel’s Minister of Public Works and Housing, Yoav Galant, on December 24 announced a plan to build 300,000 new houses in East Jerusalem under the name of “housing on the land of united Jerusalem, the capital of Israel”.

Jewish settlement building activities in the West Bank and East Jerusalem are considered to be one of the most important obstacles in front of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks that was halted in April 2014.

The Israeli government under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has recently accelerated the construction of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

It has been stated that Israel has established 131 settlements in the West Bank, 10 in East Jerusalem and 116 in the regions of the Hill of the West Bank since 1967.

It is said that Israel wants to bring the number of settlers in the West Bank to a million in a short period of time, while half a million residents are currently living in Jews settlements in Palestinian soil and 220,000 in the settlements in East Jerusalem.

Read: Israel arrested more than 6,000 Palestinians in 2017

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  • charliematerne

    What is “Palestinian land”?

    • Hans Holberg

      The West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, as of 1967 ceasefire borders.

      • charliematerne

        The “1967 ceasefire borders.” included all of Saini and the so-called “West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, “

        • Walter Broner

          You might want to read up on International Law and illegality of acquiring territory by means of War. You might also look up the only legal borders for the colonial project, those of the original approved UN resolution.

          • charliematerne

            And you might want to get off of the propaganda pages and read some historical documents. You might want to start with the Covenant of the League of Nations paying particular attention to Article 22. That article gave the League the legal authority to set up numerous Mandates. Then you might want to read the Mandate for Palestine and the Transjordan Memorandum with the LEGAL borders (from the river to the sea/ from Egypt to Lebanon) of the “National home for the Jewish People (later Israel). You might pay particular to Article 5 that states that that land (river to sea) may not be divided and to Article 6 that states that Jews have the right to settle ANYWHERE in that area.
            Then you might want to read about the “Palestinian Civil War”/ Arab Invasion. That history will tell you that is was Jordan and Egypt were the ones who acquired territory “by means of War.” Your Laws of Belligerent Occupation Apply only to the lands of one STATE occupied by another STATE. Egypt and Jordan were not the legal sovereign of the territory they occupied, therefore Israel is not “occupying” that land, but is the legal sovereign.
            Then go back to the documents by reading the entire UN Charter. You will find Article 80 which incorporates the Mandates into the Charter (along with several other mandate areas) What you will not find in the Charter is any authority to partition any area, not by the UNSC or the UNGA (hence 181 was just worthless paper and at any rate was violently rejected by the Arabs). You will also find that SC and GA Resolutions are “recommendations” and “suggestions”. Then read your “acquisition” resolution UNSC 242. Among other things is uses the word “occupied”. Israel “occupied” Saini and the Golan, it liberated its own land, the so-called “West Bank” and “Gaza Strip”. 242 calls for peace negotiations BEFORE territorial concessions AND “secure and recognized borders” for the State of Israel. The way it is written it “suggests” that Israel withdraw from “lands it occupied” Once Israel withdrew from a single square meter of land, it had fully complied with 242. Then move on to the peace treaties between Israel and Egypt and Jordan. There you will find the “secure and recognized borders”.
            If you read those documents, you will see that not a single one of them says anything about the “Palestinians”