Peace talks: Half a million Israelis live in illegal settlements

The Palestinian Authority has condemned Israel for its plans to build more settlements in the occupied West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem), and a wall along the Jordanian border.

November 3, 2013

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, the spokesman for acting Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas, said that Washington must send the Tel Aviv regime a clear message that its actions are jeopardizing peace efforts.

“Settlement is illegal and the fence will be removed,” the spokesman said. “There will be no peace or stability in the region without the establishment of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.”

The warning came on the eve of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to the Middle East region.

Israel’s decision to build the wall and nearly 2000 more settler units has angered Palestinians ahead of the talks with Kerry. The Palestinians have threatened to go to the UN Security Council over the issue.

According to settlement watchdog, Peace Now, which opposes and tracks settlement construction activities in the occupied Palestinian territories, the tenders for 1,859 new illegal settler units were published on Sunday.

The non-governmental organization noted that 1,031 plots were offered by Israel’s Housing and Construction Ministry in the occupied West Bank, along with 828 in the East al-Quds.

“Within a few months they will choose the winning bids and the successful contractors will be able to start building within a number of weeks,” Peace Now’s Settlement Watch project director, Hagit Ofran, said.

Israeli settlements are considered illegal by the UN and most countries because the territories were captured by Israel in the Six-Day War of 1967, and are hence subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbid construction on occupied lands.

Palestinians are seeking to create an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, East al-Quds, and the Gaza Strip and are demanding Israel to withdraw from the occupied Palestinian territories.

Tel Aviv, however, has refused to return to the 1967 borders and is unwilling to discuss the issue of al-Quds.

More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds in 1967.

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/11/03/332835/israel-condemned-for-construction-plans/

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I am working for the Belgian human rights association 'Werkgroep Morkhoven' which revealed the Zandvoort childporn case (88.539 victims). The case was covered up by the authorities. During the past years I have been really shocked by the way the rich countries of the western empire want to rule the world. One of my blogs: «Latest News Syria» (WordPress)/ Je travaille pour le 'Werkgroep Morkhoven', un groupe d'action qui a révélé le réseau pornographique d'enfants 'Zandvoort' (88.539 victims). Cette affaire a été couverte par les autorités. Au cours des dernières années, j'ai été vraiment choqué par la façon dont l'Occident et les pays riches veulent gouverner le monde. Un de mes blogs: «Latest News Syria» (WordPress)/ Ik werk voor de Werkgroep Morkhoven die destijds de kinderpornozaak Zandvoort onthulde (88.539 slachtoffers). Deze zaak werd door de overheid op een misdadige manier toegedekt. Gedurende de voorbije jaren was ik werkelijke geschokt door de manier waarop het rijke westen de wereld wil overheersen. Bezoek onze blog «Latest News Syria» (WordPress) ------- Photo: victims of the NATO-bombings on the Chinese embassy in Yougoslavia
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