The National Office for the Defense of the Earth and Resistance to Settlement affiliated to the Palestine Liberation Organization affirmed that the Israeli occupation authorities are accelerating the implementation of their settlement plans in the occupied Palestinian territories within the framework of the so-called "deal of the century" aimed at liquidating the Palestinian issue with the support of the American administration in a flagrant challenge to international law and international legitimacy resolutions.
The Wafa News Agency quoted the weekly office report issued today as saying that the occupation authorities, in a step towards establishing the apartheid regime and stealing the Palestinian people their right to self-determination and amid the world's preoccupation with the war on the Corona virus epidemic, announced a new settlement plan to seize the lands surrounding the Ibrahimi Mosque in The city of Hebron in the West Bank and another to annex areas in the occupied West Bank on the first of next July.
The report added that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo renewed the administration’s support for the annexation plans in his statements last week confirming that the identification of the first of next July came with an agreement between American and Israeli officials to implement the provisions of the “deal of the century” that violate international legitimacy decisions related to the Palestinian issue and the rights of the Palestinian people In an attempt to legalize bullying and jungle laws that have become, in the era of US President Donald Trump, a major component of US foreign policy.
The report indicated that the occupation authorities' announcement of its plan to annex lands in the West Bank met with wide international condemnation, as the United Nations Coordinator for the Middle East Nikolai Mladenov warned that any possible annexation of Palestinian lands to the occupation entity would be a devastating blow to establishing an independent Palestinian state, while the Commissioner for Foreign Policy in European Union Josep Borrell said that the position of the Union regarding the status of lands occupied by Israel in 1967 has not changed, stressing the need to implement international law and relevant Security Council resolutions.
The report pointed out that while the majority of the members of the Security Council confirmed during a session late last week their rejection of these plans and any attempt to undermine the establishment of the Palestinian state on the borders of June 4, 1967, Russia expressed concern about the unilateral implementation plans of the so-called "deal of the century" and violation of international law that It is forbidden to annex lands by force. The permanent representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, Sherrett Norman Chalet, stressed that Israel can count on the steadfast support of the United States.
The report indicated that the occupation authorities demolished two facilities in the villages of Sebastia and Barqa northwest of Nablus and a house in Hebron, and delivered warnings of the demolition of four houses in Bethlehem.
The report indicated that settlers continue their attacks on West Bank cities and towns with the protection of the occupation forces, as they stormed the villages of Al-Mughair and Turmus'ayya in Ramallah, Yasuf, Iskaka, and Bab al-Sarb in Salfit, Qasra, and Qaryut, south of Nablus, and bulldozed areas of Palestinian land to expand settlement operations, and also dumped Palestinian agricultural lands in Kafr al-Dik and Burqin In Salfit and South Qalqilya with polluted water, which led to damage to olive trees, soil pollution and a groundwater reservoir in the area.
The report indicated that settlers seized areas of Palestinian agricultural land in the village of Artas, south of Bethlehem, cut 33 olive trees in the town of Al-Sawiya, south of Nablus, and burned tens of acres in Khirbet Humsa in the northern Jordan Valley.