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Today: Oct 23, 2017

JCSER deplores Israeli approval of the settlement project in occupied Jerusalem

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Israeli Interior Ministry approved the building of 1600 new settlement units in Shu'fat in occupied Jerusalem. The Israeli decision came after a previous decision to build 112 settlement units Bitar Illit settlement near Bethlehem.

The Israeli decision spurred angry Palestinian reactions and President Abbas made an urgent phone call with Arab League Secretary General Amro Musa and discussed with him the two Israeli decisions and consulted him on taking emergency political steps in retaliation to this deliberate escalation and provocation against the Arab decision to resume the indirect negotiations. President Abbas demanded from Musa to hold emergency contacts with the members of the Arab Follow up Committee to take measures that rise to the level of the dangers of the Israeli decisions.

"It is apparent that the Israeli government does not want negotiations, nor does it want peace," spokesperson of the Palestinian presidential office Nabil Abu Rudeineh said. "The American administration must respond to this provocation with effective measures," he added.

Yasser Abed Rabbo, head of the Palestine Liberation Organization Executive Committee, told Haaretz that Israel's declaration shows "the Israeli government does not want peace; it does not want a solution. There is no clearer message; there is a no more provocative measure."

US Vice President Joe Biden also condemned the Israeli decision and said that such a step will undermine the trust that we need now and goes against the path of constructive talks that he held in Israel.

On his part, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned Israel's plan to build 1,600 settlement units in Jerusalem. "The secretary-general condemns the approval of plans for the building of 1,600 new housing units in East Jerusalem by the Israeli Ministry of Interior earlier today," U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said in a statement.

Nesirky added that the Secretary General "reiterates that settlements are illegal under international law," and continued that "he underscores that settlement activity is contrary to Israel's obligations under the Roadmap, and undermines any movement towards a viable peace process."

Israel's Interior Ministry announced that approval had been granted to build new housing units in Ramat Shlomo, for the ultra-Orthodox community of 20,000.


The housing project, authorized by the Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee, is considered as one of the largest construction projects Israel has launched in occupied Jerusalem in recent years. The development would spread over an area of 580 dunums (approximately 145 acres) and include a new road leading to the neighborhood, public facilities and a park. The ministry said the plan is intended to ease the ultra-Orthodox community's housing shortage, and 30 percent of the units will be relatively small and inexpensive, aimed at young couples.

Member of the Jerusalem municipal council, Meir Margalit of Meretz said, "The timing is not coincidental - it is a response from Eli Yishai to Netanyahu's declaration of renewed talks with the Palestinian Authority."

"The fact that Yishai can't wait a few more days until Biden leaves the country proves his goal was to give the American administration a slap in the face," Margalit said.

Moments earlier, U.S. President Barack Obama's top spokesman, Robert Gibbs, condemned Jerusalem's announcement from the White House.

Jerusalem Center for Social and Economic Rights would like to remind that establishing settlements in occupied Jerusalem violates international humanitarian law that establishes the principles that apply during war and occupation.

According to Art. 49 of the GC IV, "Individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the Occupying Power or to that of any other country, occupied or not, are prohibited, regardless of their motive."

Moreover, Art. 43 of the Hague Regulations stipulates that, "The authority of the legitimate power having in fact passed into the hands of the occupant, the latter shall take all the measures in his power to restore, and ensure, as far as possible, public order and safety, while respecting, unless absolutely prevented, the laws in force in the country."

Meanwhile, the construction of settlements results in violation of the rights of Palestinians as enshrined in international human rights law. Among other violations, the settlements infringe the right to self-determination, equality, property, an adequate standard of living, and freedom of movement.

UN Security Council in its resolution 452 (1979) had called "upon the Government and people of Israel to cease, on an urgent basis, the establishment, construction and planning of settlements in the Arab territories occupied since 1967, including Jerusalem."

According to the Road Map is which is embraced worldwide, Israel is obliged to halt settlements activities in occupied Palestinian territories.

JCSER believes that Israel which is not interested in establishing peace in the region with its policy of land grab and settlement activities and continue to defy international law. Therefore, the international community is called to consolidate their efforts to hold Israel responsible for its acts and policies in the occupied Palestinian territory including East Jerusalem.