Friday, August 5, 2011

Israel to expand illegal settlements

PressTV - Israel to expand illegal settlements:

Thu Aug 4, 2011 6:53AM GMT

"Israel seeks to deal with its housing crisis across the occupied Palestinian territories by expanding the illegal settlements in the West Bank.

Forty-two members of Israel's Knesset signed a petition to expand the settlements in the occupied West Bank, including East al-Quds (Jerusalem), a Press TV correspondent reported on Thursday.

“This proves that Israel only thinks of expansion, confiscation of land and construction of settlements. They do not think about peace,” said Walid Assaf, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC).

On Wednesday, hundreds of Israeli demonstrators took to the streets to protest against the approval of a housing bill that will not apparently resolve the housing crisis in Israel.

The Israeli protesters said the new law would only favor the rich by encouraging big developers to build luxury projects rather than affordable housing.

The housing law would allow swift approval of plans for 50,000 housing units by special committees in order to increase supply and push down home prices.

“The moral of the story is that [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu is trying to avoid economic and social pressures through more racist policies against the Palestinians,” said Khalil Shaheen, a political analyst.

Israelis have also protested against the cost of living. They have presented Israeli authorities with sweeping demands including affordable housing, taxation, child care and reforms to healthcare and education.

Israeli protesters say they will continue their campaign against rising living costs until their demands are met.

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