Israel shrugs off demolition criticisms

PressTV -Mon Jan 10, 2011 1:5PM

Palestinians watch as an excavator demolishes the Shepherd Hotel.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has dismissed international criticisms over demolishing a historic hotel in the occupied East al-Quds (Jerusalem).


“Actions undertaken yesterday at the Shepherd Hotel were conducted by private individuals in accordance with Israeli law,” Netanyahu said in a statement on Monday.

Israeli bulldozers on Sunday destroyed the Shepherd Hotel in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East al-Quds to build 20 new settler units. The move was denounced by the international community.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton strongly condemned the move and said, “I reiterate that settlements are illegal under international law, undermine trust between the parties and constitute an obstacle to peace.”

Chief Palestinian Authority negotiator Saeb Erekat also said Israel was trying to supplant East al-Quds’ Palestinian residents.

“Israel is demolishing one Palestinian property after another in an effort to cleanse East al-Quds of its Palestinian inhabitants, heritage and history,” he said.

Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh called for an “immediate” action by the international community to stop the unilateral Israeli measures.

Meanwhile, the Organization of the Islamic Conference called the demolition a “flagrant violation of international law.”

Israel occupied East al-Quds, which Palestinians regard as the capital of their future state, in the 1967 war and later annexed it in a move not recognized by the United Nations.



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