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Israel to House 250,000 Settlers to Occupied Golan Heights

Benjamin Netanyahu is seen during a security tour in the Golan Heights, near Israel's northern border with Syria, on April 11, 2016. PHOTO: Times of Israel/Kobi Gideon/GPO

2 April 2019

MIDDLE EAST MONITOR — Israel is planning to settle some 250,000 settlers in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights over the next 30 years, the Israeli Broadcasting Authority (IBA) revealed yesterday.

According to Anadolu, the report comes one week after US President Donald Trump signed a presidential decree recognising the Golan Heights as “Israeli territory”.

According to the IBA, the Israeli plan also includes construction of two new Jewish settlements in the occupied Golan Heights, along with thousands of new settlement units and a raft of planned transport and tourism projects.

The population of the occupied Golan Heights currently stands at some 50,000, including 22,000 settlers, according to Israeli figures. […]

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