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Palestine: Israelis’ number increases in WB within 6 months & Israeli calls to storm al-Aqsa

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Settlers’ number increases in WB within 6 months

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The number of Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank grew by 2.2 % during the first six months of 2013, according to Israel Today newspaper.

The newspaper confirmed that this year’s rate of increase is higher than the overall Israeli population increase rate that was estimated at 1.9% in 2012.

The highest settlers’ increase rate was in the settlements built on al-Khalil Mount by 4.85%, while the settlers’ number grew by 4.1% in Gush Etzion and by 3.2% in settlements built in the northern occupied West Bank.

The settler population in the occupied West Bank stood at 367,000 settlers at beginning of July 2013, the newspaper added, saying that 7,700 new settlers joined these settlements.

The Israeli newspaper stated that Har Homa settlement received new settlers with an increase by 21%, while Msheejut and Rotem settlements built in Jordan Valley recorded an increase by 14% in receiving new settlers and 10% in Nahaliel settlement built in Ramallah.

During the first six months of 2012, the number of Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank grew by 2.25% where 5,200 settlers have moved to settle in West Bank settlements, Israel Today said.

Assistant Secretary General of the West Bank settlements has called on the Israeli government to increase settlement construction in the occupied West Bank due to the increasing number of settlers moving to West Bank settlements.

Commenting on these facts, Peace Now organization stated that it would be impossible to achieve the two-state solution.

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IOA to build more settlement units in eastern Jerusalem

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) has endorsed the construction of new settlement units in occupied Jerusalem.

Hebrew daily Ha’aretz on Tuesday quoted minister of economy Naftali Bennett as saying that the government was intent on resuming construction of settlement units especially in Jerusalem.

He said that his party would not endorse any government decision to freeze construction of settlements in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

Bennett said that tenders would be put out within the few coming days for the construction of new housing units in Jerusalem and in other areas.

He also denied press reports that his party had agreed to the release of 104 Palestinian prisoners as a goodwill gesture to coincide with the re-launching of negotiations with the Palestinians.

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Israeli calls to storm al-Aqsa mosque tomorrow

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Jewish organizations have called for organizing a march and mass rally at the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque on Wednesday, demanding free access to and prayer in the Muslim holy site.

The rally is speculated to start from the Mughrabi Gate near Buraq Wall at 7:30 am, and to go around al-Aqsa doors to pressure the Israeli police to allow them to storm the mosque from all doors.

Senior rabbis and politicians will participate in the rally including Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, paratrooper and founder of the Temple Institute, the extremist Rabbi Yehuda Glick, and Deputy Speaker of the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) Moshe Feiglin, in addition to journalists and members of the right-wing Likud party.

This Israeli attempts to storm al-Aqsa mosque came in light of the Israeli calls to divide the mosque and impose a new status quo.

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