The United Nations has recently published a report on Israeli settlement construction in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem, examining the effects of this action on the rights of the Palestinian people.
Volker Turk, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, reviewed the report on Jewish settlements built on Palestinian lands and the Syrian Golan Heights at the meeting of the Human Rights Council of this organization.
The report states that the number of Jewish settlers in the West Bank has increased from 250,000 to more than 700,000 in the past 10 years, including occupied East Jerusalem.
Also, this report emphasizes that Jewish settlers live illegally in 279 settlements in the West Bank, 14 of which are located in occupied East Jerusalem, and the total number of Jewish settlers in these 14 settlements is more than 229 thousand. People arrive.
Referring to the connection between the development of Jewish settlements and the attacks and aggressions of settlers against Palestinians in the past 10 years, this report emphasizes that in this context, the United Nations has recorded 3,372 cases of violent acts by Jewish settlers. which has resulted in the injury of 1,222 Palestinians.
Referring to Israel’s current plan to double the number of Jewish settlements in the Syrian Golan Heights by 2027, the report points to numerous violations of international law by Jewish settlers over the past 10 years.
In the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem, Israel had previously announced that it intends to build more than 3,000 units in the “Aghar” area in the West Bank.
The Israeli regime is trying to achieve three important goals by expanding Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem. If Israel’s settlement projects are implemented as it has announced, the West Bank will be effectively divided into three parts and the Palestinians living in the West Bank will be cut off from each other.
The second goal that the Israeli regime seeks from the development of settlements in the West Bank is to prevent the formation of an independent Palestinian state, which will be achieved by dividing the region into several parts. In fact, with the expansion of settlements in the West Bank and occupied Jerusalem, the two-state solution that was emphasized in the Oslo Accords will become meaningless and the Palestinians will bury the dream of establishing an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital. Although it was obvious to everyone from the beginning, the formation of such a government is nothing more than a big lie that has been told to the Palestinians by the Israeli regime and the Palestinian Authority since 1993.
The third and most important goal of the Israeli regime in the expansion of settlements in the West Bank and occupied Jerusalem is to take control of the Egwar area, which constitutes 22% of the area of the West Bank and is considered the main source of water and food for the Palestinian people, and Israel considers it to be a complete deprivation of these resources for the Palestinians in the future.
Due to its humidity and access to suitable water sources, the attractive region is quite suitable for agriculture and its citrus fruits are of very high quality, and due to Israel’s serious investment in the development of agriculture to solve the economic problems of this regime, it is greedy for this fertile region. In addition to the fact that this region can easily provide Israel’s water needs due to the abundance of underground water resources and save this regime from facing the biggest crisis of the century, that is, water shortage.