Israel plans new settlement in Hebron to 'double' numbers

Cheryl Sanders
December 2, 2019

The Israeli defense minister approved plans for the construction of a new illegal settlement in the heart of the city of Hebron, which attracts criticism from Palestinian officials.

The market area is on Hebron's Old City and is close to the Ibrahimi mosque, which saw the massacre of 29 Palestinian worshippers by Jewish extremist settler Baruch Goldstein in 1994.

Palestine has repeatedly threatened to resort to the United Nations, the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice against Israeli violations in three main areas, namely the Israeli settlement activity, the Israeli military offensive on Gaza and Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

Bennett's New Right party draws much of its support from the more than 600,000 Israeli settlers living in the Palestinian territories.

Last month, Pompeo announced that the US government will no longer consider Israel's West Bank settlements "inconsistent" with global law.

In the following years, a small community of Jewish settlers moved into the area next to the site believed by both Jews and Muslims to house Abraham's tomb.

The measure also occurs amid political turmoil in Israel after the general elections in April and September ended in a stalemate.

Expressing deep concern over the disturbing situation in the occupied territories, especially in the West Bank and the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip due to siege and economic sanctions, widespread Israeli military aggression and demolition of schools and homes, he called for an immediate and unconditional removal of the illegal siege of Gaza, reopening all border crossings in the region as well as putting an immediate end to mass punishment.

Lawmakers now have until December 11 to find a solution or see parliament dissolved once again.

UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which was adopted unanimously in 2016, is another such document. The Palestinian Red Crescent has recorded injuries to as many as 77 demonstrators inflicted by Israeli forces responding to the protests.

Meanwhile, the Israeli army said in a press statement that the Israeli force found that the three men were trying to throw fire bombs at an Israeli vehicle, and the Israeli soldiers shot one of them and arrested the other two.

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