UN calls on Israel to rescind settlement policy

Security Council holds emergency session on Israel's settlement activities in occupied East Jerusalem

UN calls on Israel to rescind settlement policy

World Bulletin/News Desk

The United Nations political affairs chief has called on Israel to freeze its settlement activity in occupied Palestinian territories.

"The Secretary-General is alarmed by new reports about the advancement of planning for some 1,000 Israeli settlement units in occupied East Jerusalem," said Jeffrey Feltman on Wednesday at an emergency Security Council meeting convened at the request of Jordan on behalf of Palestine.

The Israeli government announced a decision on Monday to construct another 1,060 settlement units in two regions of the occupied land.

Israeli daily Haaretz quoted unnamed officials in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office as saying that 660 of the units will be built in the northern neighborhood of Ramot Shlomo, and another 400 in Har Homa in the south.

"If pursued, these plans would once again raise grave doubts about Israel’s commitment to achieving durable peace with the Palestinians as the new settlements threaten the very viability of the future state of Palestine," Feltman said.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 1967 Six-Day War. It later unilaterally annexed Jerusalem, claiming it as the capital – a move never recognized by the international community.

Speaking at the open debate session of the meeting, the U.S. representative also voiced concerns about the latest wave of Israeli settlement activities.

"Settlement activity will only further escalate tensions at a time that is already tense enough," David Pressman, alternate representative of the U.S. to the U.N. for special political affairs, said.

"The United States views settlement activity as illegitimate. And we have made unambiguously clear our opposition to unilateral steps that may prejudge the future of Jerusalem."

International law views the West Bank and East Jerusalem as "occupied territories," and considers as illegal all Jewish settlement constructed on the land.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Ekim 2014, 10:46

Muhammed Öylek