Ya’alon Legalizes Unauthorized Israeli West Bank Outpost

Islam Times – The Zionist Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon is set to give legal status to an unauthorized Jewish settlement outpost in the occupied West Bank in return for the evacuation of another that was established in July, the Zionist daily Haaretz reported Sunday.
Ya’alon Legalizes Unauthorized Israeli W. Bank Outpost

According to the newspaper, the Zionist minister promised the Gush Etzion Regional Council to legalize the status of Tekoa V and approve the building of 24 new settlements and a new farm if settlers vacate Ramat Hashlosha.

Both Jewish settlement outposts were erected in July in what the Gush Etzion Regional Council had described as a response to the kidnapping and murder of three young Jewish settlers in June.

Haaretz said that at least four settler families had moved into old trailer homes in Tekoa V, prompting protests by local Palestinians demanding their land back.

Under international law, the West Bank and East Jerusalem are territories occupied by the Zionist entity and any Jewish settlement building, whether legalized by the Zionist government or not, remains as illegitimate.

Palestinian negotiators link the resumption of stalled peace talks with the Zionist entity to a complete freeze of any Jewish settlement building on their occupied land.

Palestinians demand that all Jewish settlements in the West Bank evacuated under any comprehensive peace agreement with the occupation authorities.

Already in 2011: UN slammed Israel over illegal settlements
PressTV –  Tue Jan 18, 2011 3:16AM

An illegal Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank (file photo)
The United Nations has lashed at Israel for ignoring international calls to stop the expansion of its illegal settlement activities on occupied Palestinian lands.

A UN statement said on Monday that Tel Aviv has ignored the international community’s repeated calls for a complete end to illegal settlement activities in the occupied West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem) in particular.

The statement also said Israel’s recent allocation of half a billion dollars to the expansion of settlements shows that Tel Aviv has no intention of stopping its illegal policies.

Israel has also approved the building of 1,400 settlement units in recent weeks.

The Palestinian Authority walked out of direct talks with Israel late last year after Tel Aviv refused to renew a partial freeze on settlement activities in the West Bank.

Israel occupied and annexed East al-Quds in 1967 Six-Day War in a move never recognized by the international community.

According to data from the Palestinian Information Center, Israel has demolished 995 Palestinian homes and displaced 5,783 individuals — among them 3,109 children — in the occupied al-Quds since the start of 2000.

This is while Israel proceeds persistently with the construction of settlements on the occupied territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds.

The UN has on various occasions criticized Israel for defying international calls to halt its settlement construction expansions.


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