Ruptly visited the old market area in Hebron on Tuesday, in the wake of Israel’s announcement of its plans to build a new Jewish-only settlement in the southern West Bank city.
Palestinian officials have condemned the Israeli plans, claiming that they are a result of US President Donald Trump’s announcement on November 18 to no longer recognise Israeli settlements as “inconsistent with international law.”
Hebron Mayor Tayseer Abu Sneineh denounced the move as “totally unacceptable” and “dangerous” because he said it “will allow Israel to establish an Israeli settlement in the heart of Hebron.”
“We will reject this decision by all means and will resist and prevent its implementation by all available means,” said the mayor of Hebron.
Human rights activist and Tel Rumeida resident Mufeed Sharabati argued that “the impact of the Israeli decision will be negative,” before adding that “it will increase pressure from the settlers, and there will be more problems than before.”
The market, situated on once-bustling Al-Shuhada Street, has been largely closed to Palestinians since 1994.
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