Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Expert says New Settlement to Divide West Bank

RAMALLAH, September 28, 2011 (WAFA) –Israel’s approval of a plan to build new 1100 housing units in the East Jerusalem settlement of Gilo is a prelude to an Israeli project to build a new settlement that will separate south of the West Bank from the Palestinian villages bordering Jerusalem, Wednesday said Khalil Toufakji, a Palestinian expert on Israeli settlements.

He told Voice of Palestine radio that a new residential area that would ultimately house thousands of Israelis, to be known as Givat Yael, will be constructed on land that belong to the village of al Walaja, northwest of Bethlehem, and will extend to the west of Gilo.

Israel is using the national and international situations to pass the approval of new housing units that are part of a larger settlement project to build 58,000 settlement units by 2020, he said.

Palestine News & Info Agency - WAFA