Israeli forces have attacked Palestinians in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) during a protest to condemn the killing of 3 people in the occupied West Bank.
On Saturday, the clashes took place after Palestinians gathered outside the Old City in East al-Quds in protest to the killing of the three Palestinians in the city of Jenin in the northern West Bank earlier.
The protesters chanted anti-Israeli slogans as they waved the Palestinian flags at the Damascus Gate of the Old City.
“The blood of the Palestinians killed today will not be in vain… This is on the Zionists’ conscience,” shouted a Palestinian protester.
Israeli troops used tear gas against the protesters and detained some of them.
Israel announces 2,000 new settler units
Jerusalem, 22 March 2014 – Israeli authorities announced plans to build two-thousand-372 new settlement units in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds last month. But the announcement was slammed by the Israeli human rights group Peace Now.
It says Israel’s largest project will be construction of 839 new units in Arial settlement. The other projects will be in eight Palestinian areas. Palestinian activist Dr. Mustafa Barghouti says by increasing settlement activities, the Israelis are trying to create facts on the ground during the so-called peace process.
Other activists also confirm that, this is part of an Israeli policy of ethnic cleansing, because they continue to expropriate Palestinian land in order to expand Jewish-only settlements.
Peace Now movement has called on Tel Aviv to stop this wild behavior. Israeli settlements are deemed illegal under the fourth Geneva Convention and the International Court of Justice.
Settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank has been one of the major stumbling blocks in the faltering negotiations. Rights groups say that with the systematic expansion of settlements in the West Bank and Jerusalem al Quds, the Israeli’s are attempting to purposefully derail the so-called peace talks.