A new study has found that Israeli settlements in the West Bank are harming the livelihoods of Palestinians.
The study by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PPSR) said in a press release Tuesday that the Israeli government has demolished over 2,500 housing units since 1967.
The PPSR is the main Palestinian body responsible for monitoring settlement activities in the Palestinian territories.
PPSRs findings, released in collaboration with the Palestinian Council for Development and Planning, coincide with an International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinians.
Ppsr said the findings confirm that the construction of Israeli settlements is a form of aggression.
“The demolitions are a form, as the Israeli occupation, that constitutes an attempt to block the movement of Palestinians and is a violation of international law,” PPSr’s director, Omar Al-Khalil, said in the statement.
“This is also a direct violation of the rights of the Palestinian people.”
Israeli officials have previously denied the claims of the PPSS, but Al-Khilil’s report appears to confirm that Israeli officials are complicit in the destruction of Palestinian homes and land.
In a report released in December, PPSrs director, Ahmad al-Muhannad, said that in addition to demolishing Palestinian homes, Israeli authorities also demolished over 400 Palestinian homes.
Al-Mohannad told the AP news agency that “settlement expansion is a common practice among the Israeli authorities.”
Al-khil, in his report, said the Israeli settlers “are violating the rights to life and property, and the rights against discrimination and persecution, by destroying homes, destroying agricultural lands and destroying land to make way for settlements.”
He said the demolitions “are carried out in an illegal manner and are carried out with the consent of the military authorities and with the knowledge of the government.”
He added that “the Israeli authorities have also taken a direct role in the demolition of Palestinian structures in the presence of international observers.”
The PSCR’s findings come amid escalating international pressure on the Israeli regime to end its settlement activity.
Last week, the United Nations Human Rights Council passed a resolution calling on the government to “immediately halt settlement activity.”
Earlier this month, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which is a major donor to the United States and is in Israel’s bloc with the U.S., called on the administration to “stop the construction, occupation and demolition of Jewish homes in occupied Palestinian territory.”
The Israeli government, however, has resisted calls to halt settlement activities.