Israel approves a huge plans to construct more than 460 housing units in Four Illegal Israeli Settlements

Posted: 03/09/2016

 

On the 31st of August 2016, the High Planning Committee in the Israeli Civil Administration approved the advancement of plans for the construction of 463 new housing units in four illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Details about the approved plans

# of Plan

Settlement Name

Publication Date

Planning Stage

Number of Units

Units Retroactively Approved

220/10/11

Givat Ze’ev (Agan HaAyalot)

31/08/2016

Discussion for validation

20

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201/3/12

Beit Arye

31/08/2016

Discussion for validation

30

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202/1/1

Ofarim

31/08/2016

Discussion for validation

179

179

125/14/1

Elkana

31/08/2016

Discussion for Depositing

234

 

Total

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463

 

 

Givat Ze’ev Settlement

The Israeli Civil Administration approved the construction of 20 new housing units in the illegal Israeli settlement  of Givat Ze’ev,  north of Jerusalem city.

According to the Israeli recourses, the Planning community approved the Plan No 220/10/11 to build 20 new housing units at the western part of the settlement, in the Agan HaAyalot neighborhood. The construction of the new housing units will be on 11.599 dunums of land. See the image No. 1 :

Israeli settlement bloc of “Givat Ze’ev”

After the construction of the Israeli Segregation wall  in the year 2002, and according to the latest update for the route of  the Israeli Segregation Wall which was published on the website for the Israeli “Defense” Ministry, showed that the Segregation wall will encircle the Israeli settlement of Givat Ze’ev and a number of the nearby settlements to the Israeli side of the wall: Givon, Giv’on HaHadasha, Har Adar (Givat Har Adar), Har Shamual, Neve Shamual, and Mevaseret Tsiyon. These settlements created  what is known as the “Israeli Settlement bloc of Givat Ze’ev”, which the Israeli Authorities annexed it along with four other settlement blocs in the West Bank to Israel.

Givat Za’av settlement established on 1982 on Palestinian land of Al Jib village, north of Jerusalem Governorate. The illegal Israeli Settlement of Givat Ze’ev area reach to 2,281 dunums of land . The settlement inhabited by 15,640 Israeli settlers.

 

Plans to build 30 housing units in Beit Arye settlement

The Planning community in the Israeli Civil Administration approved the plan No. 201/3/12 to build 30 housing units in the illegal Israeli settlement of Beit Arye, northwest of Ramallah and Al Bireh Governorate. According to the plan No. 201/3/12, 30 housing units will be constructed on 29.56 dunums of land, at the southwestern part of the settlement. See the image No. 2:

Beit Arye settlement established on 1981 on the Palestinian land of Al Lubban Al Gharbiya village, northwest of Ramallah and Al Bireh Governorate. Beit Arye settlement area reach to 1473 dunums of land, and inhabited by 4516 Israeli settlers (included the Israeli settlers living in Ofraim settlement).

Israeli Authorities Retroactively legalize the construction of 179 housing units in Ofarim Settlement

On the 31st of August 2016, the so-called Israeli Civil Administration retroactively legalized the construction of 179 housing units in the Ofraim settlement, northwest of Ramallah and Al Bireh  Governorate. The new housing units came under the plan No. 202/1/1. According to the aforementioned plan, the 179 new housing units to be built on 141 dunums of land. See the image No. 3: 

Ofraim is an illegal Israeli settlement established on 1988 on Palestinian land of Al Lubban Ash Gharbi and ‘Abud villages, northwest of Ramallah and Al Bireh Governorate. The Israeli settlement of Ofraim area reach to 493 dunums of lands. Nowadays the settlement inhabited by 4516 Israeli settlers (included the Israeli settlers living in Beit Arye settlement)

A new Plan to build 234 housing units in Elkana  settlement

On the 31st of August 2016, the Israeli Civil Administration (ICA) submitted the Israeli plan No. 125/14/1 to build 234 new housing units in the illegal Israeli settlement of Elkana, west of Salfit Governorate. See the Photocopy  of “Minutes of the meeting”

  

According to the meeting carried out by the ICA, the objectives of the plan were to  change the construction filed No.500 (special residential area) as follows:

  • Determining the number of residential units
  • Increasing the area permitted for construction
  • Increasing the allowable building height
  • Increasing Floors maximum allowed.

Elkana settlement established on 1977 on Palestinian land of Mas-ha and Az Zawiya villages, west of Salfit Governorate. Elkana settlement area reach to 1515 dunums of land, and inhabited by 3871 Israeli settlers.

Israeli settlement bloc of Ariel

Elkana, Beit Arya and Ofraim settlements located within the  so-called “Arial Settlement Bloc” which located at the northwestern part of Salfit Governorate, and separated between  Salfit and Qalqiliyah Governorate. The “Ariel settlement Bloc”  occupied an area reach to 19185 dunums of Palestinian lands from Salfit, Ramallah and Qalqiliyah Governorates.

The Ariel Settlement bloc, and the  main four others blocs in the occupied West Bank (Gush Etzion, Giv’at Ze’ev, Ma’ale Adumim, and Modi’in),  were defacto created as a result of  the construction of the illegal Segregation wall in 2002. These settlement blocs illegally annexed to the border of “Israel”.

Furthermore, the Israeli settlement bloc of Ariel consists of 18 illegal Israeli settlements, in addition to the Israeli outposts, military bases, and the road networks. the table below, shows the Israeli settlements which located within Ariel Settlement bloc:

 

#

Name of Settlement

Date of establishment

Governorate

Population 2015

Area- (dunums)

1

Ariel

1978

Salfit

22,950

5280

2

Beit Arye

1981

Ramallah

4516

1467

3

Ofraim

1988

Ramallah

518

4

Barqan Industrial Zone

1981

Salfit

NA

2433

5

Barqan

1981

Salfit

1627

699

6

Mazor Atiqa

1986

Salfit

NA

706

7

Peduel

1984

Salfit

1475

571

8

Har Alei Zahav

1983

Salfit

NA

474

9

Revava

1991

Salfit

1805

701

10

Kiryat Netafim

1982

Salfit

830

359

11

Ali Zahav

1982

Salfit

983

485

12

Bruchin

1999

Salfit

675

413

13

Elkana

1977

Salfit

3871

1483

14

Etze Efrayim

1985

Salfit

1550

582

15

Benot Orot Yisra’el

1989

Salfit

NA

155

16

Sha’are Tikva

1982

Qalqiliyah

5451

1064

17

Zamarot

1985

Qalqiliyah

8086

1795

18

Oranit

1983

Qalqiliyah

Total

53,819

19185

 

 

 

To conclude:

On the ground, the Israeli Authorities continued the construction and expansion of the illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied oPt, and they claimed that these settlements such as Elkana, Givat Ze’ev, Beit ‘Arye and Ofraim which located within the settlement blocs of Givat Ze’ev and Ariel will remain under the Israelis control in any future peace agreement with the Palestinians, and these settlements considered as a part of Israeli cities and towns. As a matter of fact, the existence of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and their expansions are Illegal and contradict with the international law, and most specifically United Nations Security Council Resolutions: 237 (1967), 271 (1969), 446 (1979), 452 (1979), and 465 (1980), among others.

Resolution 446 March 22, 1979 calls on Israel to rescind its previous measures and to desist from taking any action which would result in changing the legal status and geographical nature and materially affecting the demographic composition of the Arab territories occupied since 1967, including Jerusalem and, in particular, not to transfer parts of its own civilian population into the occupied Arab territories'

Also the resolution 452 of the 1979 “calls upon the Government and people of Israel to cease, on an urgent basis, the establishment, construction and planning of settlements in the Arab territories occupied since 1967, including Jerusalem.”

The Fourth Geneva Convention prohibits an occupying power from transferring citizens from its own territory to the occupied territory (Article 49).

The Hague Regulations prohibit an occupying power from undertaking permanent changes in the occupied area unless these are due to military needs in the narrow sense of the term, or unless they are undertaken for the benefit of the local population.

Prepared By  
The Applied Research Institute - Jerusalem
ARIJ