Israel plans to sell 3,000 new settler units in al-Quds (Jerusalem) next year, less than a week after Tel Aviv approved the construction of 1,300 units in East al-Quds.
Israeli weekly Kol Hair reported in its latest edition that the 3,000 settlement units were mainly located in East al-Quds, which Palestinians consider the capital of their future independent state.Shlomo Eshkol, an engineer appointed by the Jerusalem municipality, was quoted by the weekly as saying that Israel also had a long-term project to build 50,000 settlement units in al-Quds over the next decade.
The units are located in west al-Quds neighborhoods of Arnona and Ramat Rachel, and the Givat Hamatos and Har Homa districts of east al-Quds.
Israel occupied al-Quds in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it in a move not recognized by the international community and the United Nations.
The weekly’s report comes less than week after settlement watchdog Peace Now said Israel has approved the construction of more than 1,300 settlement units Ramot and Har Homa.
Israel’s settlement plan in the occupied West Bank is considered the main obstacle to direct talks between Tel Aviv and the Palestinian Authority.
The negotiations were stalled after Israel refused to extend the partial 10-month moratorium on its settlement activities, which ended late September.
Israel shoots man in northern Gaza
Israeli forces have shot and injured a man, who was collecting gravel in northern Gaza Strip, as Tel Aviv has recently escalated its attacks against Palestinians.
The 22-year-old was collecting cement aggregates near the Erez border crossing when he was shot by Israeli forces patrolling the area, Ma’an News Agency reported.
He was taken to the Kamal Udwan Hospital in the northern Gaza, Ma’an quoted Gaza medical services spokesman Adham Abu Silmiyya as saying.
The latest incident brought to 67 the number of Palestinians injured in similar incidents in northern Gaza since 2009, when Israeli forces expanded the unilaterally-declared area of the no-go zone by up to one kilometer in some areas.
Israel’s three-year blockade of Gaza has barred the entry of reconstruction materials such as iron re-bar, aggregates and cement.
Tel Aviv allows only a trickle of construction materials into the Gaza Strip for projects overseen by international aid agencies.