The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates strongly condemns the illegal inauguration of the new settler’s only road of Al-Nabi Elias by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s along with other Israeli officials in Qalqilya, in the West Bank as part of a massive colonial scheme that is being implemented on the ground.
This plan will be followed by opening other bypass roads, which are limited for settlers and are forbidden to Palestinian citizens.
This plan is part of a major plan aimed at “protecting” and linking the settlements together and separating them from the Palestinian areas. The road is one of a number of West Bank by-passes the Israeli government is funding in order to improve “safety” for settlers, and to better connect all parts of the country and eliminate the Palestinians. The scheme also includes expanding and developing the settler’s roads in the West Bank; which means the expropriation of Palestinian land. The cost of this settlement expansion scheme is about 3.3 billion.
The Israeli occupation forces took full control over the neighborhoods in Jerusalem that are situated behind the Apartheid Wall, including Shu’fat refugee camp and Kufr Aqab, to separate those areas that are highly populated from the occupied East Jerusalem.
The Israeli bulldozers also began to cut down a settler road linking the settlements northwest of Ramallah together simultaneously the Israeli forces are seizing most of the lands in Area “C”, as well as demolishing 2 residential buildings in Beit Jala and continues to distribute demolition notices to several houses in the occupied West Bank. The last of these was the demolition of two houses in the village of Beit Dajan under the allegation that they are situated in Area “C”. This is at a time when the Israeli extremist Moti Yogev who currently serves as a member of the Knesset for the Jewish Home stated that Palestinian construction in Area C is “building terrorism”. There are also settler organizations operating around the clock to monitor Palestinian construction in Area C and incite Israeli authorities to demolish it, including buildings and projects financed by the European Union and other States.
The Ministry condemns Netanyahu’s extremist remarks, which described the opening of the street as “a historic Zionist action and our return home means our return home. This is what we are doing here in the heart of the Land of Israel.” It confirms that the positions of the Trump administration are biased towards occupation and colonialism and are an encouragement for the expansion of settlements and the theft of Palestinian lands and Judaization of large parts of the occupied West Bank. Hereby we wonder, on the possibility of negotiations under this American silence?
The Ministry calls upon the United Nations and States to defend the remaining credibility of their positions before it is too late.
January 30th, 2018