The “Wall and Colonization Resistance Commission” has reported that Israeli is planning to build hundreds of units in the illegal Gush Etzion colonialist block, south of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank.

Hasan Breijiyya, the head of the Committee’s Bethlehem office, said the Regional Council in Gush Etzion has approved a plan for building 510 new units.

He added that four hundred units will be built in Migdal Oz colony, which was built on stolen Palestinian lands in Beit Fajjar town, south of Bethlehem, and 110 units in Abie Hanahal, which was built on Palestinian lands in Kisan village, east of Bethlehem.

It is worth mentioning that the illegal colonists have lately escalated their violations, including the uprooting of Palestinian lands, preventing the farmers from entering their lands, and the installation of mobile homes to create new outposts.

Israel’s colonies in the occupied West Bank, including those in and around occupied Jerusalem, are illegal under International Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention, in addition to various United Nations and Security Council resolutions.

Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states: “The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.” It also prohibits the “individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory”.