Thursday, April 5, 2012

Palestinians Condemn Decision to Expand Jerusalem Settlements

Quds Media Center – Agencies -
The Palestinian Authority condemned Wednesday an Israeli decision to build 654 housing units in settlements in occupied East Jerusalem and another 180 units in the West Bank settlement of Givat Zeev, north of Jerusalem.
Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh told WAFA that “this decision does not encourage resumption of negotiations.”
The Palestinian Authority suspended negotiations with Israel in protest against its settlement activities in the occupied territories and has said it will not resume negotiations without a total halt to all settlement construction in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
Abu Rudeineh urged the international community, particularly the quartet, which is composed of the United States, Russia, the European Union, and the United Nations, “to pressure the government of Israel to stop this action, which only worsens the situation.”
“Peace and settlements can never meet,” he said.
According to tenders submitted by the Israeli Ministry of Housing, the 654 units will be built in Har Homa settlement, south of Jerusalem and which was built on Beit Sahour land.
Givat Zeev is located in the West Bank, just outside the Jerusalem city limits demarcated by the Israeli government following the occupation of the city in 1967.
Palestinians Condemn Decision to Expand Jerusalem Settlements