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Israel announces more than 1,800 new settler homes
Published Friday 10/01/2014 (updated) 12/01/2014 11:53
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View of the Israeli settlement of Har Homa on the outskirts of East
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JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israel announced plans on Friday to build more than 1,800 new settler homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, settlement watchdog Peace Now said.

The housing ministry announced the plans for 1,076 units in annexed East Jerusalem and 801 in the occupied West Bank, Peace Now spokesman Lior Amihai told AFP.

"The housing ministry announced the plans this morning," Amihai said.

"Many of the units will be built in existing settlements such as Efrat and Ariel in the West Bank, and Ramat Shlomo, Ramot and Pisgat Zeev in east Jerusalem," he said.

The ministry could not be immediately reached for confirmation.

The report comes a week after US Secretary of State John Kerry visited the region in his latest effort to push Israeli and Palestinian leaders towards an elusive peace deal.

Israeli settlement building on occupied Palestinian territory is a key obstacle and derailed the last round of direct talks in 2010.

Walla news site reported that the announcement was originally scheduled for last week, but was postponed due to the visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Three days before Israel released 26 veteran Palestinian prisoners in late December, military radio said that Israel planned to announce the construction of 1,400 new settlement homes in the occupied West Bank to coincide with the prisoner release.

The Palestinian negotiating team resigned in protest against continued Israeli settlement construction in mid-November, dealing a major blow to negotiations between Israel and the PLO that had already been stalled.

More than 500,000 Israeli settlers live in settlements across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in contravention of international law.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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1 ) myra / canada
10/01/2014 22:33
one day Israeli goverment will be stopped in its tracks from building the illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian land.the world will not stand for this forever.

2 ) Neil Geoffreyson / Norway
11/01/2014 03:16
Sometimes I wish that Palestine was militarilly Israels Equal, so they could get a taste of their own medicine.. no, not Christian - but Israel act as if they are Gods: "More than 500,000 Israeli settlers live in settlements across the west Bank and East Jerusalem, in contravention of international Law": WHY does the international community do NOTHING?? Israel should be treated as South Africa in aparteid time - boycotted - they are just as discriminatory. Wake up Obama & Britain!

3 ) Almarie Calvert / United States of America
11/01/2014 19:05
Being that we(Americans) send billions of dollars to Israel and their country is small say the size of my state Kentucky, couldn't we cut off their money supple from our hard working tax payers and demand they respect international law.

4 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
12/01/2014 00:38
Here go the Canadians and Americans whining about "illegal settlements". Hey Myra and Almarie!!! Wake up! Look in the mirror!!! You are both victorious occupation settlers, sending your comments from your occupation homes built on stolen native lands. Why is occupation good for you? Why aren't both of you working to end your illegal occupation? Or are you just to comfy in your settlements and unwilling to admit that Native North Americans should be the rightful rulers Heck-it's their land!

5 ) myra / canada
12/01/2014 16:16
Yes Brian, Everyone entitled to own views. I know all about the natives as a lot of the world do.I myself not living on stolen lands.we all have strong passions in this life.when we see through history what has happened I guess we really don't want to see history repeat itself in other lands and to other people.
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