Israel approves the law permitting the expansion of the settlement of J



Bulldozers are visible during excavations near Ramat Shlomo, a Jewish settlement, in the eastern part of Jerusalem in September 2017. (Mahmoud Ibrahim – Anadolu agency)

JERUSALEM

Kneset (Israeli Parliament) approved the second and third reading of the legislation, which will allow for the further expansion of the settlement, the only Jew in East Jerusalem in the neighborhood of Silwan, which lies south of the Al-Aqsa mosque.

Both hearings were approved late on Monday with a vote of 63 to 41.

The law allows news units to be placed on an area recently labeled as a "national park".

The initiative is led by the head of the Eras group, known for accelerating the seizure of Palestinian assets in East Jerusalem to engage in the construction of Jewish settlements.

The Palestinians accuse the Israeli authorities that the Palestinian land in Jerusalem and around it had been avoided under the pretext of setting up "national parks" before transferring it to the ownership of groups of settlers.

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the decades-long conflict in the Middle East, and the Palestinians hope that East Jerusalem, which Israel has occupied since 1967, could someday serve as the capital of the Palestinian state.

International law continues to look at East Jerusalem along with the entire West Bank as "occupied territories" and believes that there is an illegal construction of Jewish settlements there.

Earlier this month, US President Donald Trump issued a conviction from the Arab and Muslim worlds when he announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.



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