Israel begins work on 620 illegal settler units in East al-Quds
Pisgat Ze’ev, where more than 50,000 Israelis live, is one of the five major Israeli colonies, which were established in East al-Quds annexed by Israel after the Six-Day War of 1967, a Press TV correspondent reported on Wednesday.
Israel also occupied the Gaza Strip and the West Bank during the 1967 war.
Every single unit that has been built or being built on the occupied Palestinian land is at the expense of Palestinian lives and their existence, Jamal Juma, the coordinator for the Stop the Wall Campaign, told Press TV.
Israel has announced plans to construct more than 3,000 housing units in al-Quds and the occupied West Bank since the resumption of so-called peace talks in July.
In August, Israel announced tenders for about 3,100 housing units in the West Bank and East al-Quds.
The Israelis have intensified their settlement building activities since the start of the negotiations which means they are not serious about the peace talks, Juma told Press TV.
On Tuesday, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met in the latest round of talks.
According to reports, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat and Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni attended the meeting. The officials presented their views on different issues, but no agreement was reached.
The presence and continued expansion of Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine has created a major obstacle for the efforts to establish peace in the Middle East.
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.
The United Nations and most countries regard the Israeli settlements as illegal because the territories were captured by Israel in the 1967 war and are hence subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbids construction on occupied lands.
On August 13, US Secretary of State John Kerry said that all Israeli settlements on the Palestinian territories are illegal.
“Let me make it clear. The policy of the United States with respect to all settlements is that they are illegitimate,” he said.
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