The Palestinian Authority condemned an Israeli plan to build 534 new settlement units in the north of the occupied West Bank, and to expand the “Shvut Rachel” settlement (south of Nablus).
Today, Sunday, the Palestinian Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying that it condemns “in the strongest terms the expansionist colonial settlement project, which targets the entire area south of Nablus” (in the northern West Bank).
The statement stated that the Israeli occupation authorities “continue to steal Palestinian land, by planning to build 534 new settlement units to expand Shvut Rachel settlement south of the city of Nablus in the West Bank.”
And earlier today, Sunday, the official in charge of the settlement file in the northern West Bank, Ghassan Daghlas, said that the occupation authorities “deposited a large plan to expand Shvut Rachel settlement, in addition to building 534 new settlement units.”
Douglas added, in a statement to the Palestinian News Agency, that “the approval of the new plan will double settlements to about 5 times in the settlement that was established in 1991.”
Israeli and Palestinian estimates indicate that there are about 650,000 settlers in the West Bank settlements, including occupied Jerusalem, distributed in 164 settlements and 116 outposts.