Ethnic Cleansing goes on: Israel begins settlement construction near Bethlehem

Maan News Agency | Sept 24, 2012

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities on Monday began the construction of new housing units in an illegal outpost near al-Khader village in Bethlehem, a local activist said.

Ahmad Salah, coordinator of the popular committee against the wall and settlements, told Ma’an that Israeli bulldozers began to level land
in the area in preparation for construction work, despite the fact that the area was confiscated by Israel 12 years ago on the pretext of security.

Israeli forces took control of the area, called Um al-Mohamadeen, in 2000 and set up military watchtowers. Settlement expansion and land confiscation in the area prevent urban expansion in al-Khader, Salah said.

Israel plans to transform 40 military posts across the West Bank into settlements and plans to link different areas of the Efrat settlement bloc south of al-Khader, Salah added.

“We have warned several times of the real danger of settlement activities, but nobody is responding to our calls. Even farmers gave up hope,” says Salah.

Strategically, settlement construction in the al-Khader area is a continuation of Israeli plans to link the settlement blocs of Gush Etzion, Efrat and Gilo, which surround Bethlehem.

In late August, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the Bethlehem-area settlements, claiming that “Efrat and Gush Etzion are integral parts of greater Jerusalem,” Israeli daily The Jerusalem Post said.

“They are the southern gates of Jerusalem and will always be part of the State of Israel. We are building Efrat and Gush Etzion with enthusiasm, faith and responsibility,” he said.

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Israel’s Jerusalem municipality plans to build more than 50,000 (updated Dec 3, 2011: 85.000) new homes in the city’s occupied eastern sector over two decades:

  • 23,628 homes have already been approved, 20,263 in East Jerusalem and 3,365 in the west.
  • 13,824 are pending review, 12,819 in East Jerusalem and 1,005 in the west.
  • 23,266 housing units are still in planning stages, 19,281 in the east and 3,985 in the west.

Of these, the municipality plans:

  • 10,366 homes in northern East Jerusalem, including illegal Israeli settlement Pisgat Zeev and Palestinian town Beit Hanina.
  • 5,239 homes in southern East Jerusalem, including Gilo settlement and Palestinian district Beit Safafa.
  • 4,886 new units in central eastern Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan and Jerusalem’s Old City.

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Besides this, Israel approved plans to ethnic cleanse 57.000 bedouin from Palestine

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