aspacpalestine.com – Palestine. For the first time in 15 years, Israel’s civil administration has approved the construction of settlement housing units in the Palestinian city of Hebron.
Israel is planning to build 31 housing units in the settlement of Beit Romano in Hebron’s Old City, on a site that used to be a bus station on Shuhada Street. Next to it, an Israeli military base operates from what used to be a Palestinian school.
Shuhada Street, the Old City’s main commercial artery, has been shut down by the Israeli army since 1994, forcing many shops to close. Palestinians have been banned from accessing the street, costing many their livelihoods and their homes.
“The decision [to build new settler housing] challenges the international community and violates international laws and agreements,” Issa Amro, a spokesperson for the Youth Against Settlements activist group in Hebron, told Al Jazeera.
“This will make life even more unbearable for Palestinians living in the Old City, who are already suffering from checkpoints, closures and repeated attacks from Jewish settlers and the Israeli army.”
The international community considers the settlements illegal and in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which states that is it unlawful for an occupying power to transfer parts of its population into the territory it occupies.