Israel's Jerusalem Municipality local planning and construction committee has presented the plans for 770 new settlement housing units according to an Israeli news website.
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The new units will be considered by Israel as part of the Jerusalem district, and will be built between the illegal Gilo settlement and the Palestinian town of Beit Jala, accross from the Cremisan monastrey in the Bethlehem district of the occupied West Bank.East Jerusalem was annexed by Israel some time ago, which considers the area part of Israel even though it is not recognized internationally as such. Israel had previously approved 1,200 housing units to be built in the area and the plans for 770 of them have now been presented. Excavations and other preparations for the building are already under way.
“We are deeply concerned by reports today that the government of Israel has published tenders for 323 units in east Jerusalem settlements. This follows Monday’s announcement of plans for 770 units in the settlement of Gilo.These steps by Israeli authorities are the latest examples of what appears to be a steady acceleration of settlement activity that is systematically undermining the prospects for a two-state solution."He continued, saying Israel continues a pattern of "provocative and counterproductive action" and in doing so raises serious doubts about whether Israel is committed to a peaceful and negotiated solution with the Palestinians. The UN also condemned the building of the new units.
“More than 650 Palestinian structures have been demolished this year, with more Palestinian structures demolished in the West Bank and east Jerusalem thus far than in all of 2015. As the recent Quartet Report highlighted, this is part of an ongoing process of land seizures, settlement expansion, legalization of outposts, and denial of Palestinian development that risk entrenching a one-state reality of perpetual occupation and conflict.”