Israel signals go-ahead for construction of illegal settlement outpost

Amona new settl

The Israeli civil administration on Sunday approved the construction of a new settlement south of Nablus to relocate settlers evacuated from Amona outpost.

According to Israeli news outlets, Coordinator of Government Activities in the West Bank, Yoav Mordechai, okayed the implementation of a bid to construct an alternative settlement outpost following a political decision issued to that very end.

The settlement will be located in Istouna Valley (dubbed by the Israelis Shilo Valley), south of Nablus. The Israeli occupation authorities declared the site “a state property”.

Following the evacuation of Israeli settlers residing in Amona outpost some three months and a half earlier, two years after the Israeli High Court ruled, in 2014, that the outpost was illegally built on private Palestinian land, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged the construction of an alternative settlement.

(Source / 28.05.2017)

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