2500 new colonial units ratified in number of settlements in West Bank

2500 new colonial units ratified in number of settlements in West Bank

  • Violation: Financial support of 2500 new colonial residential units.
  • Location: West Bank.
  • Date: May 17-2018.
  • Perpetrator: the so called Israeli ministry of defense.


The Israeli minister of defense announced on May 17 his attempt to ratify 2500 new colonial residential units in number of Israeli settlements in west bank, on purpose of developing settlements, according to peace now reports 80 % of the settlements are in isolated areas. In May 30, The Israeli occupation civil administration ratified 29 structural plans contain 1958 residential units in isolated settlements which should be evicted in case of carrying out the two states solution. The following table provides information about settlements subjected with new residential units according to Peace Now movement:

Number Settlement City Number of colonial residential units
1 Ma’ale Adoummim Jerusalem 460
2 Ariel Salfit 400
3 Hinnanit Jenin 80
4 Halmish Ramallah 60
5 Talmon Ramallah 180
6 Alkana Salfit 250
7 Avnei Hefetz Tulkarem 130
8 Ma’ale Efrayim Nablus 45
9 Qiryat Arbaa’ Hebron 150
10 Alfei Menashe Qalqilya 40
11 Neve Daniyyel Qalqilya 170
12 Kfar Etzion Ramallah 160
13 Tena – Maale Omarim Hebron 130
Total Number of colonial residential units 2255

Field observation shows that after year and a half since Donald Trump became president of the USA, many tenders were issued to construct 14454 residential units including what was previously mentioned, this trebled in comparison of tenders before Trump took presidency of the US, they were (4476).

Indicators show that the American government is completely biased to the Israeli occupation, which is dangerous for Palestinian future within complete Arabic silence. Consequently, Israel killed the two states solutions by building illegal settlements and developing random outposts.

There is a rapid increase of colonial expansion since 1976, All Israeli illegal colonies in west bank and Jerusalem are subjected to expansion and infrastructural development.

Legal Feedback:

The constringing policy  by the Israeli occupation authorities   of confiscating Palestinian lands in order to  build illegal random outposts and settlements can only be regarded as a violation of all  international conventions  and agreements like:

The Geneva Fourth convention relative to the protection of civilian persons in the times of war:

Security council resolution 242 year 1967:   Withdrawal of Israel armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict; and  Termination of all claims or states of belligerency and respect for and acknowledgement of the sovereignty, territoial integrity and political independence of every State in the area and their right to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of force.

Security council resolution 446 year 1979:   Determines that the policy and practices of Israel in establishing settlements in the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied since 1967 have no legal validity and constitute a serious obstruction to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East;

Security council resolution   452 year 1979: the resolution once again denounced Israel’s settlement activities  in territories occupied in 1976 including (East) Jerusalem, this activity constituting a violation of the Fourth Geneva convention, and called on Israel to cease planning and construction of settlements

Security council resolution 465 year 1980: calls to dismantle the existing settlements and in particular to cease, on an urgent basis, the establishment, construction and planning of settlements in the Arab territories occupied since 1967, including Jerusalem; Calls upon all States not to provide Israel with any assistance to be used specifically in connexion with settlements in the occupied territories;

Security council resolution 478 year 1980:  Censures in the strongest terms the enactment by Israel of the “basic law” on Jerusalem and the refusal to comply with relevant Security Council resolutions,Those States that have established diplomatic missions at Jerusalem to withdraw such missions from the Holy City.

Hough  convention 1907 :

Article 46:  the occupying power must not confiscate Private property .

Article 55:  The occupying State shall be regarded only as administrator and usufructuary of public buildings, real estate, forests, and agricultural estates belonging to the hostile State, and situated in the occupied country. It must safeguard the capital of these properties, and administer them in accordance with the rules of usufruct.

Geneva forth convention 1949:

 Article 49: The occupying power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own population into the territories it occupies.

Article 55: Any destruction by the Occupying Power of real or personal property belonging individually or collectively to private persons, or to the State, or to other public authorities, or to social or cooperative organizations, is prohibited.

Article 174:  taking of hostages and extensive destruction and appropriation of property, not justified by military necessity and carried out unlawfully and wantonly.

Categories: Settlement Expansion