Israelis, Jews 'defile' Muslim and Christian holy sites, says Palestinian Authority

Report Palestinian Authority Deports American Imprisoned for Selling Land to Jews		AP  Adel Hana18 Jan 2019

Plastic toys are displayed for sale outside a shop in Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank November 18, 2018.

According to Palestinian figures, some 640,000 Jewish settlers now live on 196 settlements (built with the Israeli government's permission) and more than 200 settler "outposts" (built without its permission) across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Akel, who had worked for the Palestinian Authority, is accused of being a middleman between the Palestinian owner of the home located in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City and the Jewish organization that purchased it.

55-year-old Issam Akel former hospital clerk from East Jerusalem has been detained for several months after being arrested in October at a time when the Palestinian Authority (PA) made a decision to crack down on land sales to Jews.

The report adds that the holy basin will be "jointly run" by the Palestinians, Jordanians, and potentially other countries. Though they said they expect Israel to "say yes", anything that divides Jerusalem would likely be a non-starter for Israel as well.

Under the plan, Palestine will receive twice more the territory they now control.

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In fact, there were 3,154 settlement construction tenders issued by the Israeli government in 2017, a number that ballooned to 3,800 a year ago, representing the highest number ever recorded since Peace Now began compiling data in 2002. He did not specify, however, what in the report was incorrect.

The report compiled by Peace Now shows that while there was a fall in settlement construction in the first year of Trump's presidency, 2017, as a result of former US President Obama's effort to curtail Israeli settlement expansion throughout his term, there was a 20 percent increase in 2018.

"As in the past, speculations regarding the peace plan are inaccurate".

Opinion polls predict an easy win that would secure a fifth term for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a rightist whose USA -sponsored peace talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas stalled in 2014.

"The feeling of the Israeli government is everything is allowed, that the time to do things is now because the USA administration is the most pro-settlement you can ever have", said Hagit Ofran of Peace Now in an interview with the Associated Press. "It's a smart decision because we don't want it to become the issue of the elections".

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