The Israeli occupation authorities have approved the illegal annexation of large areas of Palestinian lands, west of Bethlehem, south of the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

Hasan Breijiyya, the head of the Bethlehem office of the Wall and Colonization Resistance Commission, said the Israeli annexation targets 147 Dunams of privately-owned Palestinian lands in Bethlehem.

He added that the lands are located in Basin 3 of Thaher al-Mitrasiba area of Nahhalin town, southwest of Bethlehem, and Basin 5 in Khallet as-Saraweel and Shu’ab al-Beesh, in Husan village, west of Bethlehem.

The annexation aims at constructing and expanding Israel’s illegal colonies, built on stolen Palestinian lands in direct violation of International Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention in addition to various United Nations and Security Council resolutions.

Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states that the occupying power [Israel] is forbidden from transferring any part of its civilian population onto the land on which it occupies [Palestine].