HAARETZ: 9 SETTLEMENT PROJECTS TO BE SOON APPROVED

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Haaretz Hebrew newspaper revealed that Israeli authorities seek to implement nine settlement projects in occupied Jerusalem.

Ten thousands of new housing units are scheduled to be built at the expense of Palestinian private lands, the paper added.

According to the paper, the new approved settlement projects will prevent linkage between Ramallah and occupied Jerusalem.

500 housing units will be added to Ramat Shlomo settlement in Beit Hanina town, east of occupied Jerusalem, 1,500 others will be built in Har Homa illegal settlement southeast of the occupied city.

3,700 housing units and 2,100 hotel rooms are scheduled to be built in Area E. The project would divide the West Bank into two separate north and south areas.

230 settlement units are to be added to Kadamat Suhyoon settlement, west of Abu Dis in occupied Jerusalem, while 3,700 housing units will be built in Beit Safafa.

2,001 new housing units will be also approved in Gilo settlement southeast of occupied Jerusalem.

Few weeks after the swearing-in of Donald Trump, Israeli authorities have stepped up policies of land confiscation and settlement expansion.

(Source / 04.02.2017)

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Video of the Week New Clashes Erupt Between Israeli Security Forces, Muslim Worshippers

Temple Mount temporarily closed to Jewish visitors after clashes with police




The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives.

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