On Tuesday, Israeli authorities announced plans to construct 82 units in the illegal settlement of Ramat Shlomo and to build an illegal settlement outpost of 15,000 units in the Qalandia Airport area north ofĀ Jerusalem.
The announcement comes a few days following theĀ Paris Peace Summit,Ā in the presence of 29 countries from fourĀ different continents around the world, in addition to the United Nations, European Union and the Arab League.
PLO Secretary General, Dr. Saeb Erekat, said that this is āIsraelās response to the summit, as itĀ continues to boycott the will of the world with its insistence on the illegal colonial settlement expansion in Occupied Palestine.
āThis is an insult to the credibility of the international community and its efforts to achieve peace and security for Palestinians, Israelis, and the entire Middle East,ā Erekat said in an official statement.
According to the PNN, Erekat said that this approval of settlement construction in defiance of International law and UN resolutions serves as yet another reminder to the international community to hold Israel liable for the crimes it continues to commit against the land and people of Palestine.
āIsraelās destruction of Palestinian homes and livelihoods, to expand its illegal settlement enterprise, necessitates decisive actions to bring about an end to Israelās rejectionism and violence. It isĀ no longer acceptable for world leaders, particularly the European Union, to pay a lip-service to the two-states solution while providing Israel with assurances that their impunity will continue to grow.ā
ForĀ her part, PLO Executive Committee Member, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi has denounced the act, saying that āonce again, Israel is spreading outright lies and falsehoods to mask its true intentions of isolating Jerusalem from its Palestinian environs and ethnically cleansing the occupied city of its indigenous population.ā
āWith the escalation of the illegal settlement enterprise, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is sending a clear message to the international community that the Israeli government is interested only in expansionism, control and pandering to the extremist and racist settler population,ā she added.
Ashrawi concluded by calling Ā on the international community to intervene immediately and to exhibit the political will necessary to make Israel cease and desist its flagrant violations of international law and consensus āonce and for all.ā
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