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Israel approves more than 1,100 new settlers’ homes in the West Bank

Ⓒ AFP – Jaafar Ashtiyeh – | Colonization, the construction of civilian housing in the Palestinian Territories occupied or annexed by Israel since 1967, is illegal under international law

The Israeli authorities approved the construction of more than 1,100 new settlers’ homes in the occupied West Bank, the Peace Now news agency announced on Thursday.

The 1,122 housing units approved on Wednesday are in different stages: 352 received the final green light, which means that the works can begin, while another 770 were validated for the first time, Paz Ahora told AFP.

In 2017, 6,742 homes had already been approved, the highest figure since 2013, according to Paz Ahora. In 2016, the construction of 2,629 units was given the green light.

After the administration of the former US president, Barack Obama, was openly critical of colonization, the presidency of Donald Trump, which began in January 2017, has stood out for its discretion on this issue.

Colonization, the construction of civilian housing in the Palestinian Territories occupied or annexed by Israel since 1967, is illegal under international law.

Much of the international community considers it an obstacle to achieving peace between Israelis and Palestinians, something denied by the Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu, who agrees with the defenders of colonization.

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