14 January 2020

Bennett Preventing Establishment of Palestinian State IY”H

PA envoy to the Arab League blasts Bennett's decisions on Area C, says Israel planning to Annex this area.
[see "illegal arab building" (below)]

Diab al-Louh, the envoy of the “State of Palestine” to the Arab League, accuses the US and Israel of a coordinated policy, as part of the “Deal of the Century”, aimed at separating the northern and southern areas of Judea and Samaria and harming the Palestinian Arabs.

Map showing Areas A, B and C, east of the Green Line
Speaking at a press conference in Cairo on Monday, al-Louh said that an annexation of territories in Judea and Samaria by Israel would not change the legal and historical status of these territories, nor the eternal right of the "Palestinian people" to the land, the right to self-determination, the “right of return” and the establishment of an independent state whose capital is Jerusalem.

The only deterrent to stopping the crimes of the "settlement", he claimed, is the prosecution of the leaders of the "occupation" at the International Criminal Court. arutzsheva


Who’s Funding Illegal Palestinian Settlements in Area C—Nearly 10,000 Cases

JewishPress. According to Israeli activist watchdog groups such as Regavim, during the last five years, illegal Palestinian settlements and infrastructure have sprawled across more than 9,000 dunams in more than 250 Area C locations, supported by more than 600 kilometers of illegally constructed access roads and more than 112,000 meters of retaining walls and terracing. This massive works project is being conducted in broad daylight, often heralded by tall announcement placards and proud press releases.

"Area C —also called Judea and Samaria—comprises roughly 60 percent of the West Bank. The majority of Area C residents are Israelis—an estimated 325,000 alongside some 300,000 Arabs. Under the Oslo Accords, only the Israeli Civil Administration can authorize new construction in the zone—for Israeli and Arab alike."

"To create a de facto Palestinian State without further negotiation or even diplomatic consultation with the Israelis, European countries, individually and through the EU, have pumped hundreds of millions of euros annually into scores of illegal state-building and related projects—called Area C “interventions.” Just one cluster of the “European Union Area C Development Programme” boasts a €300 million annual commitment, and within three years, is budgeted to reach about €1.5 billion. A single 1650-meter roadnear Jenin in Area C was funded with a €500,000 allocation.”

Most of new Area C settlements are not natural Arab urban growth or urban sprawl. Rather, they are often strategically scattered to effectively carve up Area C, sometimes surround Jewish villages, and sometimes push onto Israeli nature or military reserves. In many instances, Arab residents from Areas A and B are bused in, encouraged by incentives to relocate or start a second home in the new settlements. Some structures are makeshift festooned with the logo of the European Union. Some are multi-floor office centers. Other times, palatial homes are built. The gamut of construction styles can be seen.

In several cases, the illegal constructions are deliberately established on Israeli military reserves. Since the 1970s, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have maintained military training and firing ranges, such as Firing Zone 918. That zone now has illegal settlements.

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