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Palestine: 942 new “Israeli” ‘settlement’ units approved in East Al-Quds

Al Ahed news

“Israel’s” municipality has approved 942 new settlement units for occupied east al-Quds on the eve of the scheduled resumption of so-called peace talks with the Palestinians, , a local official said Tuesday.

The new construction plans are in addition to the 1,200 settlement units approved by the Zionist entity on Sunday, raging anger among Palestinians.
“The Jerusalem municipality has approved a construction plan for 942 homes in Gilo,” an existing settlement in occupied east al-Quds (Jerusalem), deputy mayor Yosef Pepe Alalu told AFP.

“This is a terrible decision which is a provocation against the Palestinians, the Americans and the whole world who oppose continued settlement building,” the leftwing municipal councilor said.
The last round of direct talks broke down when “Israel” refused to halt its settlement construction on occupied Palestinian territory.

On this note, Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday that Moscow was “seriously concerned” by the move. The statement also said that the approval that came ahead of the talks was “counterproductive” and “complicates the atmosphere of the talks.”

More than half a million “Israelis” live in over 120 illegal settlements built since “Israel’s” occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds in 1967.
All Jewish settlements are illegal under international law because they are erected on occupied lands that the Palestinians claim for a future state.


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