Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Monday, June, 26, 2017.
Israeli announces plans for new settlements in the West Bank and denies a Gaza injured youth treatment. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
The Israeli Prime Minister’s office has given the green light, to the Planning and Building Committee in Jerusalem, to discuss the approval of some 7,000 housing units in illegal settlement blocs, Israeli media reported.
the units include 3,400 housing units in the Gilo settlement, 2,190 in the Har Homa settlement, 920 in the Pisgat Zeev settlement, 500 in the Ramat Shlomo settlement and 94 in the settlement of Ramot, all of which are illegal under international law.
Israeli media reported, last week, that the government approved a plan to expand the town of Qalqilya, using land from Area C, which is under Israeli security and civilian administration, and allowing the construction of 15,000 housing units for Palestinians under a package of facilitations announced during US President Donald Trump’s visit to the region.
However, the Israeli government quickly withdrew the plan after criticism from right-wing parties, saying it includes the construction of about 5,000 housing units for only Palestinians in the city, which suffers from a suffocating housing crisis.
In related news, The Israeli government announced, Monday, it would be resuming work to complete a bypass road linking Anatot illegal colony, in occupied East Jerusalem, with Road #1 (Jerusalem – Dead Sea Road) with a bugged of hundreds of millions of Shekels. when Israel started planning for the road, it illegally confiscated large areas of privately-owned Palestinian lands, and recently approved the needed budget in order to resume the work.
Elsewhere, Israeli authorities denied 17-year-old Khaled Ghamri an exit permit to travel from Gaza to Jerusalem, for medical treatment, after Israeli forces critically injured him during a protest near the Israel-Gaza border on May 23.
Israeli forces across the border fence shot Khaled, then 16, near Bureij refugee camp, in central Gaza, with live ammunition on May 23, critically injuring him. The bullet caused an arm fracture, damage to multiple organs, as well as severe bleeding that left him in a coma. On the treating doctor’s recommendation, the family applied for an urgent permit for Khaled and an escort to travel through the Israeli-controlled Erez crossing to Jerusalem for specialized care, but the permit was denied.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Monday, June, 26, 2017, news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. From more news and updates, please visit our website at www.imemc.org today’s report has been brought to you by George Rishmawi and me Eman Abedraboo-Bannoura.