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Palestine: New Israeli bill to confiscate Jerusalemite properties & thousands of units in WB

New Israeli bill to confiscate Jerusalemite properties

NAZARETH, (PIC)– Hebrew media sources revealed that the Israeli government seek to present a new law allowing it to confiscate lands and houses belonging to Jerusalemites who are charged of resisting the occupier.

The Israeli Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein is due to present a new bill before the Supreme Court next month allowing the confiscation of Jerusalemite properties as a new punishment for those who are engaged in resisting occupation. The bill will enable the Israeli authorities to take control over the rest of the Jerusalemite properties, Haaretz Hebrew newspaper said.

Properties seized in East Jerusalem under the Absentees Property Law would not be returned to Palestinians with a security record or connection to hostile elements, under new procedures being drawn up by Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein’s office that were obtained by Haaretz.

Palestinians with security records won’t get back seized East Jerusalem property, the bill states.

Under the Absentees Property Law, any person who lived in a hostile country or in the area of “Eretz Yisrael” that was not under the State of Israel’s control, and owned property within the State of Israel, is considered an absentee owner and his property can be transferred to the Custodian of Absentee Property, the newspaper said.

The newspaper quoted lawyer Sami Irsheid as saying that there is no Palestinian family who has no relation with “hostile elements” according the Israeli occupation’s dictionary. Each Palestinian family has a detainee or a martyr, he stated.

The primary purpose of this law was to use the Absentees Property Law to confiscate as many Palestinian properties as possible.

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Thousands of new housing units in West Bank

WEST BANK, (PIC)– The Israeli Housing Minister Uri Ariel declared Wednesday the construction of thousands of new housing units in West Bank settlements at the start Palestinian-Israeli negotiations.

We will build thousands of houses during the next year in “Judea and Samaria” areas in the West Bank and no one can dictate where we can build, the Israeli minister said.

Ariel, a member of the national religious party “Jewish Home” that opposes the establishment of a Palestinian state, pointed out that the intended housing units will be constructed in the isolated settlements not in settlement blocs where 36O thousand settlers live.

Meanwhile, Palestinian official data confirmed that settlements’ number in West Bank has increased to 144 in 2012 from 140 settlements in 2011.

In its annual report issued Wednesday, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) pointed out that the majority are located in Jerusalem governorate: 26 settlements, of which 16 have been annexed by Israel, 24 settlements were built in Ramallah and Al Bireh, 19 settlements were established in al-Khalil, and the 17 settlements in the Jordan, while only 3 settlements were built in Tulkarem.

By the end of 2012 the settlers’ number in the West Bank has reached 563,546 settlers, compared to 538,781 settlers at the end of 2011, with 4.6 per cent increase. The number of settlers in the occupied West Bank has doubled more than 40 times in the period between 1972 and 2013.

The settlers’ number has been raised by 2.8 per cent during the first six months of 2012, the report pointed out.

The occupation authorities seek to provide investment and social incentives to encourage settlers.

Data indicate that the number of settlers in the West Bank in 2012 was 563,546. Most of these settlers live in Jerusalem governorate with 277,501 settlers in total, including 203,176 in Jerusalem governorate (J1).

The settlers represent 89.0% of all West Bank settlers and are concentrated in Jerusalem governorate (comprising 98.6% of all settlers in the governorate). In Qalqiliya governorate 93.0% of all settlers in the governorate are in urban settlements; in Bethlehem governorate urban settlers make up 93.2% of all settlers; in Ramallah & Al-Bireh governorate they make up 87.5% of settlers; and in Salfit governorate they make up 70.9% of settlers in the governorate. There are no urban settlements in Jenin, Tulkarm and Tubas governorates.

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