Islamic conference slams Israel’s settlement activities in east J’lem

[ 17/10/2010 – 09:54 AM ]


JEDDAH, (PIC)– The organization of the Islamic conference on Saturday strongly denounced Israel’s resumed settlement activities in east Jerusalem, saying this would undermine the peace efforts between Fatah’s authority and the Israeli occupation state.

“This step is provocative and a disregard for the will of the international community, and that would undercut international efforts made for the resumption of the peace process,” secretary-general of the organization Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said in a statement.

He stressed that the UN bears particular responsibility for putting an end to Israel’s violations and curb its crimes.

He called for moving at all levels to force Israel to halt its settlement activities and abide by the international law.

For his part, Palestinian minister of religious affairs Taleb Abu Sha’er called on all Arab and Muslim officials and the international community to implement the conventions, laws and norms they made, which provided for the protection of peoples’ rights and constants.

In a press release on Saturday, Abu Sha’er refuted Israel’s claims which say that the Palestinians living in the western part of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem are occupying homes belonging to Jews who resided in this area in the 19th century.

The minister noted that the ownership of some homes was seized by settlement societies funded by extremist billionaire Meskovich in order to replace the Palestinian families with Jewish ones to expand the settlement outposts in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

In a separate incident, Israeli political sources revealed that the Israeli government intends to build 360 settlement units in east Jerusalem, but it deferred the construction activities for some time because of American pressures.

The sources noted that the tenders put out by the Israeli ministry of housing for the construction of 240 settlement units in the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Ramot and Pisgat Ze’ev are intended to test the international community’s reactions towards Israel’s resumption of its settlement activities following the alleged freeze.

Islamic conference slams Israel’s settlement activities in east J’lem.

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