Israel plans construction of 3,000 illegal settler units in al-Quds
The Israeli regime has given the initial approval for construction of as many as 3,000 illegal settler units in the occupied holy city of al-Quds.
The plan to build the massive settlement on the site of an airport is one of several illegal projects that are advancing despite condemnation by the international community, including the US and EU.
The plan, which requires further stages of approval, is for 3,000 homes to be built, with a view to adding another 6,000 eventually.
"This settlement plan aims to conclude the separation" of al-Quds "from our outlying Palestinian area ... in a bid to Israelize it, Judaize it, and annex it," the Ramallah-headquartered Palestinian Authority's foreign ministry said in a statement.
The Israeli regime occupied the western part of the holy city, which contains the al-Aqsa Mosque--Islam's third-holiest site--in 1948. In 1967, it overran its eastern that Palestinians want as the capital of their future state.
In order to cement its claim over the occupied territories, the regime has been incessantly building up hundreds of settlements there that have come to house hundreds of thousands of Israelis.