“A Palestinian group says Israel has approved a new settlement project near Qalqilia in the northern West Bank” – – IMEMC News

QALQIIA, Thursday, July 14, 2022 (WAFA) — The Bethlehem-based Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem (ARIJ) said today that the Israeli occupation authorities have recently approved a plan to seize 6,006 dunums of Palestinian land in the town of Jayyous, Qalqilya Governorate, to establish a new settlement neighborhood for the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Zufim.

In a statement, ARIJ pointed out that the plan includes the construction of 92 new housing units on city land, and that the occupation authorities are considering changing the classification of these agricultural lands to residential and commercial.

According to the analysis conducted by ARIJ regarding the new Israeli settlement plan, it was found that the targeted Palestinian land on which the new settlement district will be built is land that the occupation has classified as part of the settlement area. wider and under its influence, which means that the land can be used for the future expansion of existing Israeli settlements.

There are more than 600,000 colonial Israeli settlers living in Jewish-only settlements across the West Bank in violation of international law, in particular the Fourth Geneva Convention, which expressly prohibits the resettlement of the civilian population of the occupying nation on the land of the occupied.