The Israeli occupation authorities continue their settlement plans, despite the UN Security Council and the United Nations General Assembly’s resolutions, which affirm the illegality of these settlements, and consider it a “war crime.”
The Israeli occupation authorities plan to build a large settlement between Palestinian towns in occupied East Jerusalem.
On Tuesday, July 10, Haaretz newspaper published news that the Israeli government plans the construction of 450 settlement between the villages of Umm Lisun and Jabal Mukaber in occupied Jerusalem.
The settlements will be surrounded with a wall, as the so-called “Local Committee for Planning and Building” is scheduled to consider this plan next week.
On March 30, 2023, the United Nations Human Rights Council discussed a report on settlements and their repercussions on the rights of the Palestinian people, presented by the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Turk.
Turk confirmed in his report that “the number of Israeli settlers in the West Bank, including Jerusalem, increased from 520,000 to more than 700,000 over the past decade.”
The report found a link between Israeli settlement expansion and settler attacks against Palestinians during the past decade, noting that “the United Nations verified 3,372 incidents of settler violence, which resulted in the injury of 1,222 Palestinians.”
The construction of settlement units in the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, is a clear violation of international law and the Geneva Conventions aimed at protecting occupied civilians, and the rights of Palestinians to obtain full sovereignty over their lands, freedom of movement and economic freedom. Therefore, this requires a firm intervention from the international community to stop all these illegal actions, ensuring the protection of the rights of the Palestinian people, and preserving the safety of civilians in the region.