13-12-2019 02:41 AM Jerusalem Timing

Israeli Construction Tenders for Expansion of Illegal Maale Adumim Settlement

Israeli Construction Tenders for Expansion of Illegal Maale Adumim Settlement

The so-called Israeli Land Authority (ILA) and the Maale Adumim Economic Development Company Saturday opened four tenders for leasing land, establishing a hotel, and constructing a park in the illegal Israeli settlement.

The so-called Israeli Land Authority (ILA) and the Maale Adumim Economic Development Company Saturday opened four tenders for leasing land, establishing a hotel, and constructing a park in the illegal Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, according to Israeli media.

Two tenders were published to lease land for renewable 49 year contracts, while the others were for building a hotel and park near the industrial zone of the settlement, Maan news agency reported, citing Israeli newspaper Kol Hair.Israeli illegal settlement

The six-story hotel will reportedly be the first in the settlement, and is planned to be built over 2,300 square meters. It will also be located near the mall.

A park taking over 100 dunums (25 acres) of land is planned to the east of the industrial zone to serve the residents of Maale Adumum.

The mayor of Maale Adumim Benny Kashriel said in a statement that the industrial zone is expected to double its capacity over the next decade, Kol Hair reported.

Maale Adumim, located just seven kilometers east of al-Quds (Jerusalem), is the third largest settlement in population size, encompassing a large swath of land deep inside the occupied West Bank.

Last week, the Israeli prime minister's office decided to push for the closure and demolition of a Bedouin primary school located in the E1 area, while some 20 families of the village’s Jahalin Bedouin community were left homeless by demolitions last August, which community members said were carried out in order for the Israeli occupation to expand Maale Adumim.

Meanwhile, the Zionist entity has come under harsh criticism for a spike in illegal settlement activity in the occupied West Bank in recent weeks. In addition to approving plans to construct 770 out of 1,200 settlement units between the illegal settlement of Gilo and the Palestinian town of Beit Jala in the southern Bethlehem district last month, Israeli authorities also opened tenders for 323 units in and around Occupied al-Quds (Jerusalem) in the illegal settlements of Gilo, Neve Yaakov, Pisgat Zeev, and Har Homa.