Settlements have doubled four times over the past year

GAZA, (PIC)– Hamas Media Bureau said in a report issued concerning the escalating Israeli settlement schemes over the past year, that the settlements have increased four times in 2012 compared with 2011.

The report pointed out that during 2012 the Israeli occupation government put 6932 new housing units in West Bank and occupied Jerusalem settlements to tender compared with 1772 housing units in 2011, and 569 housing units in 2010.
The report stressed that the IOA approved during the past year huge settlement projects in “Gilo “and” Har Homa “and the” Givat Hamatos “south of Jerusalem, and in the” Pisgat Ze’ev “and” Ramat Shlomo “north of the city.

It also noted that the occupation continued in implementing this settlement policy at an accelerated pace with the beginning of this year to include plans to build thousands of settlement units in the area known as the “E-1″ located between Jerusalem and the settlement of “Ma’ale Adumim”.

The occupation seized tens of thousands of acres in al-Khalil and surrounding towns and villages, where about a thousand Palestinians received notices to evacuate their homes in the northern Jordan Valley at the pretext of conducting military exercises.

The occupation forces started demolishing houses in Jerusalem and imposing expensive fines and handing dozens of demolition notices, and announced the establishment of a new outpost in the Ras al-Amud in Jerusalem, in addition to confiscating lands of the Palestinian village of Beit Iksa.

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