Ramallah (UNA-OIC) - Israel has seized around 2,500 acres of Palestinian land, destroyed 500 structures and constructed eight new Jewish settlement units in 2017, the Palestine's Land Research Center (LRC) has said.
According to a report of the center, Israel seized Palestinian land with military aims and the aim to construct Jewish settlement units in the West Bank and Eastern Jerusalem.
The report also recorded 900 incidents of violence and attacks from Israeli forces in East Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque. According to Israeli and Palestinian law institutions, activities of Jewish settlement in West Bank and East Jerusalem have increased by three times in 2017 compared with the previous year, Turkye's Anadolu Agency reported.
Peace Now movement also announced that Israeli government approved the construction of 1,982 houses in 2015 and 2,629 houses in 2016 and this figure increased to 6,500 in 2017.
Israel's Minister of Public Works and Housing Yoav Galant on December 24 announced a plan to build 300,000 new houses in East Jerusalem under the name of "housing on the land of united Jerusalem, the capital of Israel.
Jewish settlement building activities in the West Bank and East Jerusalem are considered to be one of the most important obstacles in front of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks that was halted in April 2014.
The Israeli government under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has recently accelerated the construction of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
It has been stated that Israel has established 131 settlements in the West Bank, 10 in East Jerusalem and 116 in the regions of the Hill of the West Bank since 1967.
It is said that Israel wants to bring the number of settlers in the West Bank to a million in a short period of time, while half a million residents are currently living in Jews settlements in Palestinian soil and 220,000 in the settlements in East Jerusalem.
Source: International Islamic News Agency