PLO: Israel exploiting coronavirus to expand settlements

The PLO’s National Office for Defending the Land and Resisting Settlements claimed that settlers were “running wild” in light of the state of emergency declared due to the outbreak of coronavirus. It also accused the Israeli government of pursuing its policy of settlement construction and land expropriation despite the spread of the disease. The PLO said that Israel was planning to expand settlements in various parts of the West Bank, including Efrat in Gush Etzion and settlements in the Jordan Valley.