The Israeli regime is seeking a court permission to expand 40 settlements on Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank despite international condemnations.
According to a Thursday report published by Ha’aretz
, Tel Aviv is “working to enable new construction and has retroactively approved existing construction on private Palestinian land in more than 40 settlements, based on old expropriation orders that were issued for military purposes.”
More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem).
The international community regards all the Israeli settlements as illegal under international law.
On June 6, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered for the construction of 300 units in the illegal settlement of Beit El in the West Bank. The Palestinian Authority strongly condemned the move.
On June 8, Daniel Seiderman, a lawyer active in the movement against Israeli settlements, said the municipal planning board in al-Quds plan to “build another 2,500 units” in the Gilo settlement in the south of the city.
The Israeli settlement expansion is not the only issue in the West Bank.
In recent years, extremist Israeli settlers in the occupied territory have often assaulted Palestinians and vandalized their property under the so-called “price tag” policy. However, the Tel Aviv regime rarely detains the assailants.
The extremists say the price tag attacks are carried out against any Israeli policy to reduce the presence of settlers and settlements on occupied Palestinian land in the West Bank and East al-Quds.