Israel’s Civil Administration’s Higher Planning Committee presented, on Tuesday, six architectural plans to build more than 1,000 new settlement units in occupied East Jerusalem.
According to Hebrew-language news outlets, the new settlement housing units are intended for the expansion of the illegal Israeli settlement of Pisgat Zeev, in the Jerusalem district.
Ma’an further reports that the current project includes the construction of 1,064 new housing units that would lead to the rapid expansion of the illegal Pisgat Zeev settlement, near the neighborhood of Beit Hanina, from its western side, and the neighborhood of Hizma, from the east.
Israeli media added that the project is the largest that has been launched during the past two years, in the occupied areas of Jerusalem.
Since US President Donald Trump took office, nearly a year and a half ago, Israel has submitted and approved over 14,454 units in the occupied West Bank.
The original settlement plan was submitted to Israel’s Civil Administration’s Higher Planning Committee in July of 2017, as part of a large campaign to begin construction of about 2,000 settlement units in Jerusalem.
Since the occupation of the West Bank in 1967, between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis have moved into Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory, in violation of international law.
The estimated 196 government-recognized Israeli settlements scattered across the Palestinian territory are all considered illegal under international law.