Israel speeding up construction of Jewish settlement separating Jerusalem from Bethlehem

Middle East Monitor  /  March 23, 2023

The Israeli municipality in the city of Jerusalem is accelerating the construction of a Jewish settlement neighbourhood in the south of the city, large parts of which are located behind the Green Line, preventing the geographical contiguity between occupied East Jerusalem and Bethlehem in the West Bank.

According to Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation Kan 11, the occupation municipality is hastening the construction in a new settlement neighbourhood, noting that this “is of great political importance, because it opposes the [geographical] contiguity between East Jerusalem and Bethlehem, and in fact prevents contiguity in a future Palestinian state.”

The report also noted that the new settlement neighbourhood will include more than 1,200 housing units. It will link the illegal HaMatos settlement near Beit Safafa, to Har Homa in Jabal Abu Ghneim.

According to the statistics of the Peace Now movement, there are about 666,000 illegal Jewish settlers living in 145 illegal Jewish settlements and 140 illegal outposts in the occupied West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem.