PA, Jordan slam hotel demolition

PressTV – Mon Jan 10, 2011 1:17AM

Shepherd’s Hotel in Sheikh Jarrah in East al-Quds is currently being demolished.

Palestinians and the Jordanian government have condemned the demolition of a historic hotel in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) for construction of illegal Israeli settlements.

The Palestinians reacted furiously to the Sunday morning demolition of a part of the Hotel Shepherd, which sits on a plot of land in annexed East al-Quds, where developers plan to build a complex of 20 luxury apartments for illegal settlers.

Palestinian officials said that the act has destroyed any chance of return to negotiations, Nabil Abu Rudeina, a spokesman for acting Palestinian Authority (PA) Chief Mahmoud Abbas, said in a statement on Sunday.

“Israel has no right to build in any part of East al-Quds, or any part of the Palestinian land occupied in 1967,” he said, calling on the United States to “stop Israeli tampering.”

The Palestinians regard East al-Quds as the capital of their future state and strongly oppose any attempts to extend Israeli control over it.

Israel captured East al-Quds in the 1967 war and later annexed it in a move the rest of the world has never recognized.

Meanwhile, chief PA negotiator Saeb Erakat accused Israel of 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.

US-brokered talks between Israel and the PA broke down late September 2010, when an Israeli freeze on the construction of illegal Israeli settlements was expired.

The Jordanian government also joined in the condemnation.

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

“The demolition of Shepherd Hotel by Israeli settlement organizations in the Arab Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, which seeks to impose new realities on the ground, runs counter to international law and the relevant UN resolutions,” Judeh said in a statement.

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



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