Cornerstone Laid for Ramallah Settlements

01 Jul
2:49 AM

Knesset chairman Yuli Edelstein, Sunday evening, laid the cornerstone for a settlement neighborhood in ‘Kochav Jacob’, near Ramallah. At dawn, demolition orders for three Palestinian houses north of Tulkarem were served to residents.
According to Al Ray, Edelstein said that ‘it is a unique day when all Jewish spectrums unite to send a message to the world that religious people live with secularists in peace and love’.

He was accompanied by former chairman of Shas Party, Eli Yishai, and Avi Roaier, chairman of Ramallah region settlements board.

The project includes the construction of 60 new settlement units, 3 synagogues and a wedding hall.

B’Tselem stated, recently, that over 300,000 Israelis live in more than 200 settlements and settlement outposts throughout the West Bank — all established in contravention of international law, some even in contravention of Israeli law.

A number of international agencies, including European foreign ministries, have warned against conducting business in these areas. Related link: http://imemc.org/article/68260

Yet, as Al Ray reports, the Israeli occupation continues its settlement actiivites in the West Bank, all at the expense of Palestinians, their lands and property, in what is considered a bid to consolidate its presence and expel Palestinians.

Today, in Ramallah, a Palestinian youth was stabbed to death, with clashes breaking out between protesters and Palestinian security forces.

Muhammad Youssef Khamis al-Hajj, 22, was stabbed to death in al-Amari refugee camp in Ramallah during a fight with another youth, according to Ma’an.

Police have arrested a suspect in connection.

Further protests broke out at the entrance to al-Amari refugee camp, where protesters set fire to a security vehicle, after a previous demonstration was dispersed by officers present.

The main Ramallah-Jerusalem highway was blocked by the demonstrators who prevented cars from passing.

Azmi Muhammad Shaker Muhanna, 34, died of stabbing in Aqaba refugee camp, late Sunday.

Also on Sunday, occupation representatives served demolition orders for three Palestinian houses in Shwaika, north of Tulkarem, in the Occupied West Bank.

The orders were served under the pretext that the houses were not licensed, and that they should be licensed from Kedumim municipality, founded by members of the ‘Gush Emunim’ settlement movement in 1975.

The houses are located in area (B), according to Al Ray, which is licensed by the Municipality of Tulkarem and had been built since the nineties.

All houses adjacent to the borders were given similar orders.

See: 94% of applications for construction permits are rejected by Israel

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