Peace Now, an Israeli human rights group, has denounced the ongoing construction of 31 settlement units for Jewish settlers in the heart of the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, Wafa news agency reported yesterday.
"The [Israeli] government is acting like an annexation government, not as a change government," the group said in a statement.
Peace Now added: "Since the 1980s, no government has dared to build a new settlement in the heart of the largest Palestinian city in the West Bank."
"The settlement in Hebron is the ugly face of Israeli control of the territories. The moral and political price of having a settlement in Hebron is unbearable."
According to Wafa, this week settlers began construction work on a new illegal settlement of 31 units in the heart of the Old City of Hebron. This is the first such project in 20 years.
All of Israeli settlement activities in the occupied territories are considered illegal by the international community.