Israeli authorities approved, on Wednesday, the construction of 176 new settlement units in the Palestinian neighbourhood of Jabal Al-Mukabber, occupied East Jerusalem.
The planning committee from the Jerusalem Israeli municipality gave permits for the construction, which willÂ triple the number of settler homes in the Nof Zion settlement, which currently has 91 dwellings and is surrounded by Palestinian houses in the Jabel al-Mukaber neighborhood.
Accoridng to the PNN, the neighbourhood was taken by Israel in 1967; the borders which Palestinians are calling to take back as part of a Palestinian state.
The mayor of Jerusalem said that this settlement expansion aims on â€śunifying Jerusalem through actions on the ground.â€ť
Despite their being illegal in international law, Israeli settlements inÂ the West Bank and Jerusalem now have the population of halfÂ a million settlers.
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip, and continues into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.