The Palestinian “Hamas” movement considered, on Tuesday, that the Israeli settlement projects in Jerusalem are “an aggression aimed at Judaizing the holy city.”
Muhammad Hamada, the movement’s spokesman, said in a statement, a copy of which Anadolu Agency received, that “the continuation of settlement expansion projects between Jerusalem and the surrounding settlements, the latest of which is the occupation municipality’s intention to open the northern part of the expansion project of the so-called (tunnels road); it is part of an ongoing aggressive policy.” “.
He added: “This policy aims to Judaize the Holy City, isolate it from its Palestinian identity, and facilitate settlers’ access to it, in a miserable attempt to falsify history and impose a new reality.”
He pointed out that “Jerusalem will remain the eternal capital of Palestine, and the occupation’s projects and aggressive policies will not succeed in liquidating the Palestinian presence in the city,” stressing that the Palestinians “will stand in the face of the occupation’s settlement plans.”
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In the coming days, the Israeli municipality in Jerusalem intends to open the northern section of the tunnel road expansion project in an attempt to connect the occupied city of Jerusalem with the “Gush Etzion” settlements in the south of the West Bank, and to facilitate settlers’ access to the city.
According to data from the Israeli human rights movement “Peace Now”, there are about 666,000 settlers, 145 large settlements, and 140 random outposts (unlicensed by the Israeli government) in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
International law considers the West Bank and East Jerusalem to be occupied territory, and all settlement construction there is illegal.