Israel approves over 1100 West Bank settlement homes - NGO

Raziel Shevah. Credit American Friends of Magen David Adom

Raziel Shevah. Credit American Friends of Magen David Adom

The occupation army imposed a complete closure on the towns and villages of Nablus governorate, which resulted in the siege of hundreds of cars for the Arab citizens of Israel, who stayed in Nablus overnight.

Raziel Shevah, described in local media reports as a rabbi, was shot multiple times from a passing vehicle and was hospitalized in critical condition.

The area frequently sees tensions between extremist Jewish settlers and Palestinian residents.

The Palestinian Authority also reported in an uptick in stone-throwing incidents by settlers on cars with "Palestinian" license plates.

Chief of Staff Lt-Gen Gadi Eizenkot told reporters: "Our main focus at the moment is on locating and arresting the terror cell, and preventing additional attacks". In this regard, we believe that BDS should also meet with Minister Ayanda Dlodlo to provide input on the appropriate response, as she too is an active supporter of the Palestinian people and BDS movement.

Other Israeli policies implemented following attacks, such as punitive home demolitions, and revocation of Israeli work permits for relatives of assailants have been decried by rights groups as a serious violation of worldwide law and human rights.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman issued instructions to examine the possibility of legitimizing Havat Gilad as a "legal" settlement.




All Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank are seen as illegal under global law and major obstacles to peace as they are built on land the Palestinians see as part of their future state.

Israel however differentiates between settlements it has approved and those it has not.

Palestinians want the West Bank for a future state, along with East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

On Tuesday, an Israeli settler residing in the Israeli settlement outpost of Havat Gilad, near Nablus, was shot in a drive-by shooting. Shevah lived in the nearby Gilad Farm outpost.

US involvement with resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is off the table until President Donald Trump revokes his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a top Palestinian negotiator said Tuesday.

Fourteen Palestinians have been killed since then, with a lot of them shot dead by Israeli forces during protests against the occupation.

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