Monday, August 6, 2012

Fayyad urges intervention in 8 villages slated for demolition

 Maan News Agency
Published today 17:39
Premier Salam Fayyad says the PA must be allowed to develop areas of
the West Bank under Israeli military control.

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad on Monday urged the international community to intervene and stop Israel's plan to demolish eight villages in the southern West Bank.

Israel has ordered the demolition of eight villages in the south Hebron hills because it seeks to use the land for military training.

At a meeting with Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr in Ramallah, Fayyad said the PA must be allowed to develop Area C, around 60 percent of the occupied West Bank under full Israeli military control, a statement from his office said.

Fayyad said Israel's expanding settlements in the West Bank threatened the two state solution and he urged the international community to commit Israel to international law.

In June, Israeli forces handed Susiya village demolition orders for each of its 50 buildings, a week after Israeli authorities agreed to halt all construction in the area in response to a petition filed by a settler group.

International law experts say that under the Fourth Geneva Convention Israel must provide for the needs of the occupied Palestinian population, and are prohibited from demolishing any structure that has a civilian purpose.