The Civil Coalition for Palestinian Rights In Jerusalem reported that the Israeli government decided to expand the illegal Nof Zion settlement outpost in Jabal al-Mokabber, in occupied East Jerusalem, buy approving the construction of additional 217 units.The project falls under a plan, known as Project 8,815. 100 units were built in the first stage of the project, while the second phase will lead to the construction of 217 new units.
The Coalition reported that, on March 29, Israel published details of the plan for appeals purposes, and also announced bids or the construction of 645 units for Jewish settlers in Jabal al-Mokabber, both residential and commercial units, and another bid for the construction of a commercial area.
Israel also announced bids for the construction of 180 units in Gan Ayalon neighbourhood, in the illegal settlement of Givat Zeev.
The Coalition further stated that Israel announced that structural plan of a number of hotels that will be built on lands that belong to Palestinian town of Beit Safa, in East Jerusalem, adding that most of the lands in question belong to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in the city.
Israel also intends to build stone factories on lands that belong to the residents of Doura and ath-Thahiriyya, near the southern West Bank city of Hebron, in addition to construction projects in resource-rich areas located on 12 kmÂ˛ near Rammoun, Anata, ath-Thahiriyya and Doura.
The Coalition said that the illegal Israeli policies in occupied East Jerusalem, and the West Bank, are based on the principle of significantly increasing the number of Jewish settlers on the expense of the Palestinians and their lands, by illegal land grab, and by imposing harsh restrictions on the Palestinians to prevent them from building homes or projects, in addition to the home demolition policies.