World Bulletin/News Desk
Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas has asked the U.N. Security Council to hold an emergency meeting to discuss Israeli settlement activities and "violations" in East Jerusalem.
"We will ask the Security Council to work to immediately halt the new wave of settlement building approved by the Israeli government," PA spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeinah was quoted as saying by the official Wafa news agency on Monday.
He said that the new settlement building "poses a threat to the peace process".
On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered 1,060 new Jewish-only housing units to be built in East Jerusalem.
International law considers the West Bank and East Jerusalem as occupied territories captured by Israel in 1967, deeming all Jewish settlement building on the land illegal.
Sacred to both Muslims and Jews, Jerusalem is home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which for Muslims represents the world's third holiest site. Jews refer to the area as the "Temple Mount," claiming it was the site of two prominent Jewish temples in ancient times.
Palestinians accuse Israel of waging an aggressive campaign to "Judaize" the city with the aim of effacing its Arab and Islamic identity and ultimately driving out its Palestinian inhabitants.
Palestinian negotiators insist that Israeli settlement building must stop before stalled peace talks with Israel can resume.Güncelleme Tarihi: 28 Ekim 2014, 10:15