Construction in the Givat Hatamos neighborhood would isolate Beit Safafa from the rest of the Arab neighborhoods of the Holy City
The President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, has warned this Friday that the Israel’s new plan to build hundreds of houses in the illegal Jewish settlements around Jerusalem will involve “a point of no return“for any peace effort in the region. His words come days after heThe planning committee of the Jerusalem City Council approve a plan to build 1,250 homes, public buildings and roads in the jewish colony Givat Hamatos, located in the Palestinian sector of the Holy City. Those plans had been frozen for seven years by frontal opposition from USA and the European Union. This time Washington has not raised its voice against the Israeli plans.
Givat Hamatos has until now been a settlement of caravans and mobile homes installed in the early 1990s to Ethiopian settlers, but Israel intends to transform it into a firm urbanization. If the project is carried out, it would be the first new settlement that Israel builds in East Jerusalem in the last 30 years. Its expansion would completely isolate the Palestinian town of Beit Safafa from the rest of the Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem.
For Abbas, these projects represent “a defiance of international law and international legitimacy, as well as the agreements signed and the commitments repeatedly expressed by the United States, which describe the expansion of settlements and other unilateral measures (by Israel) as an unacceptable act. “Abbas thus calls on the United States to “Stay where you stand” and demonstrate the promise that the American president made to you, Joe Biden, to reject any type of measure of this type. If the plan is finally advanced, the Palestinian president has warned, “the issue will reach a point of no return and the entire region will be dragged into a crisis. increased explosive tension“according to the presidential statement, collected by the official Palestinian news agency Wafa.