Group: Israel OKs more construction in West Bank settlements

Pauline Gross
January 14, 2018

Palestinian landowners can receive financial compensation or alternative land, however this law authorizes a further massive land theft of private Palestinian land by the Israeli government.

The statement comes three days after the Israeli Civil Administration adopted the plan to construct over 1,100 housing units in 20 West Bank settlements.

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the perennial Middle East conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem - occupied by Israel since 1967 - might eventually serve as the capital of an independent Palestinian state.

Palestinians from various villages in the occupied West Bank gathered in Nabi Saleh to demand the release of Ahed Tamimi, 16 who was detained on December 19 in an overnight raid at her home.

"Hamas praises the killers and PA laws will provide them financial rewards".

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Continuing demonstrations in the Gaza Strip follow President Donald Trump's announcement last December that the USA would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

At least 46 Palestinians have been injured in clashes with Israeli forces who again deployed tear gas and live ammunition at the weekly "Day of Rage" protests against the United States decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Palestinians and rights groups have criticized Israel for using excessive force against Palestinian protesters. It said the expansion of settlements on lands designated as occupied by the worldwide community would deprive Palestinians of their right to establish an independent state on the territories.

A further 200,000 live in East Jerusalem, annexed by Israel in a move never recognised by the global community.

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