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Israel plans to build 75 new settler units in occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds

A picture taken on July 24, 2018 shows a view of ongoing construction work at Ramat Shlomo, an Israeli settlement in the mainly Palestinian eastern sector of Jerusalem al-Quds. (Photo by AFP)

Israeli officials are planning to construct dozens of new settler units in the occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds, despite the international outcry against the Israeli regime’s land expropriation and settlement expansion policies in Palestinian territories.

Israeli municipal authorities are going to meet on Wednesday to discuss a plan to build 75 settler units in Beit Hanina neighborhood of East Jerusalem al-Quds, the Hebrew-language freebie Israel Hayom reported.

The initial plan includes allocating 11 square kilometers for the construction of eight blocks, with seven to 12 floors. 

Less than a month before US President Donald Trump took office, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2334, calling on Israel to “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem” al-Quds.

About 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 illegal settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds.

This file picture shows a general view of the Israeli settlement of Adam, near the Palestinian city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. (Photo by AFP)

Palestinians want the West Bank as part of a future independent Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital.

The last round of Israeli-Palestinian talks collapsed in 2014. Among the major sticking points in those negotiations was Israel’s continued settlement expansion on Palestinian territories.

Trump backtracked on Washington’s support for a “two-state solution” earlier this year, saying he would support any solution favored by both sides.

“Looking at two-state or one-state, I like the one that both parties like. I’m very happy with the one both parties like. I can live with either one,” the US president said during a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington on February 15.

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