According to a new report, the scale of Israeli settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories has tripled in the first half of 2017, compared to the same period last year.
The report, which was published by the Palestinian national office for defense of land and resistance of settlement, shows that the recent escalation of the Israeli settlement activities in the West Bank and Jerusalem al-Quds is in full disregard of international condemnations.
Published on Saturday, the report said the new constructions were meant to house the Israelis who were evicted from Amona, an illegal settlement shut down by the Supreme Court.
Earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu participated in a cornerstone ceremony for the construction of some 1,000 new units in the settlement of Beitar Ilit, near the West Bank Palestinian city of Bethlehem.
Some 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 illegal settlements built since the 1967 occupation of the Palestinian territories.
Tel Aviv has in recent months stepped up its settlement construction activities in the occupied territories. The settlements are considered a violation of international law and in defiance of UNSC Resolution 2334.
The resolution, which was passed last December, states that Israel’s establishment of settlements “had not legal validity”. It also called on the Israeli regime to immediately cease all its settlement activities.