Israel rules out al-Quds division

 

PressTV – Israel rules out al-Quds division
Tue Jan 11, 2011 7:12AM

Mayor of al-Quds (Jerusalem) Nir Barkat
The mayor of al-Quds (Jerusalem) has ruled out the possibility of the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East al-Quds as its capital.

Nir Barkat said on Tuesday that he would never allow the eastern side of al-Quds to become the capital of a future Palestinian state, AFP reported.

The city is the most disruptive issue between Israelis and the Palestinians.

Israel seized East al-Quds along with the West Bank from Jordan in the Six-Day War of 1967, and later annexed it in defiance of calls from the international community.

Israel has, so far, ignored calls by the Palestinians and the United States for a halt to settlement activities in the West Bank and, in particular, al-Quds, which it claims as its “eternal, indivisible” capital.

Palestinians, however, have repeatedly called for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East al-Quds as its capital.

This is while the demolition of Palestinian homes and other structures by the Israeli forces in East al-Quds and the occupied West Bank happens on a regular basis.

According to a statement released by the Israeli civil rights group, Ir Amim, Israel has increased the demolition of Palestinian homes in East al-Quds as part of a “political policy” to drive Palestinians out of the city.

Earlier on Sunday, Israeli forces demolished the Shepherd Hotel in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East al-Quds to build 20 new settler units.

The demolition was denounced by the international community.

UN Chief Ban Ki-moon and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have both strongly condemned the demolition of the hotel. Ban said the action would “heighten tensions.”

The al-Quds mayor, however, rejected the remarks describing them as “shallow.”

Barkat said the Shepherd’s Hotel was “owned legally by Jewish owners; they have asked to develop the land according to the zoning code, with no extra demands or requests. They have been granted permission like they would be in any city, in any country in the world.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has also dismissed international criticisms over the demolition of the hotel.

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