Friday, December 30, 2011

Britain Condemns Israeli Settlement Plan

Palestine News & Info Agency - WAFA

LONDON, December 30, 2011 (WAFA) – Britain Friday condemned Israeli plans to build housing units for Jewish settlers in Jerusalem and its area settlements.

British minister for the Middle East and North Africa, Alistair Burt, condemned in a statement issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office the Israeli decision.

“I condemn the decision by the Jerusalem Local Planning and Building Committee to build additional structures in the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan, and housing in the settlement of Gilo,” he said.

“This is another provocative and deeply counter-productive step, the latest in a series by the Israeli authorities,” said Burt, adding that “continued systematic settlement construction makes it ever harder to achieve the common goal of international efforts: a contiguous Palestinian state living side-by-side with a secure Israel, with Jerusalem as a shared capital.”