Saturday, 19 May 2012

Israeli plans to construct 2100 new illegal settlement units on the West Bank

On Friday, 18th May, Committee of Israeli Internal Security revealed a project aims to seize lands from Qalqilya and Tul Karem to expand the settlement of Ariel, north of the West Bank.

According to the project that holds the number 11134/M, Ariel settlement will be expand on two stages; to construct 700 new settlement units on the lands of Kufur village that is located between Azoun and Jensafoud villages in Qalqilya, and constructing another 1400 new settlement units on the lands of Baqat al-Hatab, Izzbat Abu Hamada and Kufur Aboush in Tul Karem.

This settlement project is the biggest project since 2010, Israel will seize lands from the villages of Jayous and Kufur Jamal to bind the new settlement units with B'Tselem settlement that was built on the lands of the villages: Jaljoulyeh, Al-Nabi Elias and Jayous. more

Denmark moves against illegal settlement produce with new labelling scheme

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (Ma'an) -- Denmark is set to introduce a labeling system to denote products made in Israeli settlements, Danish media said Friday.

"This is a move that will clearly show consumers that this produce has been produced under conditions that not only the Danish government, but also the European governments have rejected," Danish Foreign Minister Villy Sovndal was quoted as saying by Danish online news-site Politken.

"Then it is up to consumers whether they are prepared to buy the produce," he added.

The Danish FM said that stricter controls and labeling of settlement produce should be seen as part of the European Union's support for a two state solution.

Enforcing controls on settlement produce also shows the Palestinians that the world is against illegal settlement building.

The move targets illegal settlements and not Israel, the Danish FM added. more