Israel Approves More than 1100 New Settler Housing Units in West Bank

Israel Approves More than 1100 New Settler Housing Units in West Bank

Palestinian landowners can receive financial compensation or alternative land, however this law authorizes a further massive land theft of private Palestinian land by the Israeli government. On 23 December 2016, the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 2334 demanding that Israel immediately halt their settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Pence also mentioned that the past 20 years have seen USA administrations and Congress recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel but none of them were "brave enough to take a step forward and implement this policy on the ground".

Soldiers manning a checkpoint outside the village opened fire without warning, said Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors illegal Israeli settlement activities in the northern West Bank.

On Monday, British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson reiterated "the UK's commitment to supporting the Palestinian people and the two-state solution, the urgent need for renewed peace negotiations, and the UK's clear and longstanding position on the status of Jerusalem".

Israel captured eastern Jerusalem - which includes Judaism's holiest sites, the Temple Mount and the Western Wall in the Old City - and the West Bank in the 1967 defensive war, seizing it from Jordanian occupation and reuniting the city.

The Jerusalem and Ramallah EU missions expressed "deep concern regarding the circumstances of the recent arrests of two Palestinian minors, Ahed Tamimi and Fawzi Muhammad al-Juneidi", a statement read.

Dozens of Palestinians suffered from tear gas suffocation inhalation during clashes that broke out with Israeli forces in the village on Friday in protest against US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

US State Department spokesman Steve Goldstein told in a briefing in Washington on Thursday that US funding for UNRWA was still under consideration and that no decision had yet been made.

They also stressed the necessity to confront Trump's decision.

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