Israel Issues Tenders to Build 85 Settlement Units in West Bank, 1,500 hotel rooms in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM, May 14, 2015 (WAFA) – The Israeli Ministry of Housing Thursday issued tenders for the construction of 85 new housing units in a west bank settlement, in addition to 1500 hotel rooms in occupied East Jerusalem.

The ministry published tenders for the construction of 85 new housing units in the West Bank illegal settlement of Giv’at Ze’ev to the north of Jerusalem, in addition to tenders for the construction of 1500 hotel rooms in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal al-Mukabber.

The ministry also issued tenders for future settlement construction plans in a 10-dunum plot of land located near the palace of the British high commissioner in Jabal al-Mukabber area.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the Jerusalem Affairs Department in the PLO, Ahmed Qurei, in a statement, condemned this Israeli decision, stating that these settlement procedures do not constitute a fact, nor do they have a future.

He further warned of the repercussions of these ‘racist’ settlement projects, which he stressed, threaten any possible chance left for peace resumption as well as undermine the two-state solution.

He stressed that these settlement Judaization plans come within the framework of the ongoing ethnic cleansing scheme to displace Palestinians from their holy city.

He added that these ‘absurd’ Israeli violations and practices in the city of Jerusalem are outright rejected, and would only pull the entire region into more violence and religious extremism due to Israel’s continued assaults and practices.

He held the Israeli government, and the ‘extremist Jewish organizations’ which are backed by the government, fully responsible for what is happening in Jerusalem, including assaults on the city and ongoing attempts to change the character of Jerusalem and turn it into an exclusive Jewish city.

On May 7th, The Israeli government gave the green light for the construction of 900 new housing units in the East Jerusalem illegal Israeli settlement of Ramat Shlomo.

Israel has been approving the building of new housing units in settlements located in the Palestinian territory, including in East Jerusalem, despite of international condemnations.

The United States, along with other world countries, have continuously expressed concern over Israel’s settlement construction, which is internationally slammed illegal based on international law.

The Security Council, the General Assembly, the Human Rights Council and the International Court of Justice have all confirmed that the construction and expansion of Israeli settlements and other settlement-related activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory are illegal under international law.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was previously quoted by media as stating that,  “We will continue to build in Jerusalem. We will add thousands of residential units and withstand all the [international] pressure, as we continue to develop our eternal capital.”