Friday 15th May marks the 67th year since the Nakba. That’s 67 years since whole Palestinian villages were razed to the ground, their residents massacred and hundreds of thousands more Palestinians were forced to flee.
Three Israeli settlements in the West Bank in the narrow corridor between Jerusalem and the Dead Sea have asked the High Court of Justice to demand that the state demolish 15 structures they claim were built illegally with the assistance of the European Union on the communities’ territories.
Israeli pressure group Peace Now, which defends Israel’s right to exist “within secure borders” and advocates for the two-state paradigm, has revealed that the Israeli housing ministry is planning the construction of 55,548 settlement units in the occupied West Bank. The contracts had been signed between March 2013 and May 2015, during Uri Ariel’s tenure as Housing Minister.
Israeli officials are likely to try to sabotage a European Union draft resolution that would emphasize the distinction between Israel and the West Bank territory it controls, the left-wing Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz reported Friday, citing senior Israeli officials and EU diplomats. Israeli officials are concerned the resolution could set the stage for sanctions against Israeli businesses operating out of West Bank settlements, sources said.
Companies doing business in Israeli settlements contribute to and profit from land confiscations and the violation of Palestinian workers' rights - and support the settlements which are illegal under international law, according to a Human Rights Watch report.