Israel planning new Jewish settlement in flashpoint Hebron

02 Décembre, 2019, 16:56 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • About 800 settlers live in the ancient city under heavy military protection amid around 200,000 Palestinians

Defense Minister Naftali Bennett on Sunday ordered the coordinator of government actions in the liberated territories and the IDF civil administration in Judea and Samaria to notify the Hebron municipality of the initial planning for a new Jewish neighborhood in the wholesale market complex of Hebron, the Defense Ministry's communications reported.

In related news, the soldiers installed a roadblock at the entrance of Shuhada Street, in the center of Hebron city, in addition to many roadblocks on roads in several areas of Hebron governorate.

Israeli's military said the man had been throwing petrol bombs.

Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat said the new project was the result of the USA decision last month not to consider Israeli settlements illegal.

The city is holy to both Muslims and Jews and is a flashpoint for clashes between Palestinians and Israeli settlers.

The Bennett plan, he wrote in English on Twitter, "is the first tangible result of the USA decision to legitimise colonisation".

Demonstrations erupted in the West Bank on Tuesday, in a direct response to the declaration by the United States that they no longer believe Israeli settlements to be in violation of worldwide law.

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The move comes amid political turmoil in Israel after general elections in April and September ended in deadlock.

Neither Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and allies as Bennett nor his opponents won enough parliamentary seats to form a viable coalition.

"Any U.S. plan or ideas will not serve peace. the United States will be against the Palestinian people and their rights, and will empower the Israeli side and allow it to reach its goals", said al-Qudwa, former representative of the Palestine Liberation Organization at the United Nations.

At a weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, Netanyahu promised 40 million shekels ($ 11.5 million) to improve the safety of settlers.

Villages close to Hebron are also regularly the scene of unrest. The Reuters headline fails to note that the Palestinian teen was reportedly carrying out an attack when Israeli troops fatally shot him.

The Israeli military said its forces had discovered three people hurling fire bombs at Israeli vehicles on a nearby route and firing at them.

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