PA warns of Israeli election used as cover for Jewish settlement expansion

The outpost in the Jewish settlement of Revava (Jaafar Ashtiyeh - AFP)

Middle East Monitor  /  July 20, 2022

The Palestinian Authority warned on Tuesday that the ongoing General Election campaign in Israel may be used by parliamentary candidates to encourage the building and expansion of illegal Jewish settlements. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates said that it is looking with suspicion at the “dangerous” use of campaigning for this purpose.

The ministry renewed its warning about the ongoing preparations by settlement groups and organizations, backed by right-wing and other extremist political factions, “which are planning to build dozens of settlement outposts in the occupied West Bank during the election campaign.”

It named the Nachala Settlement Movement, a right-wing group which is proud that its main goal is the building of settlements. All Jewish settlements and so-called outposts are illegal under international law, and outposts themselves are even illegal under Israeli law.

Nevertheless, the Israeli government has decided to legalize the Mitzpe Dani settlement outpost which is being built east of Ramallah, and has approved a plan to add 114 new settlement housing units there. The decisions have been condemned by the PA.

The authority called for the international community to abide by its obligations contained in UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which criminalizes illegal Jewish settlement in the occupied Palestinian territories.