Israel plans 122 more settlement units

PressTV – Tue Jan 18, 2011 3:14AM

This file photo shows the expansion of the Israeli settlement of Ariel in late 2010.
Israel has approved the construction of yet another 122 settler units in East al-Quds (Jerusalem), slighting international calls to end its illegal settlement activities.

The head of a Likud far-right group on al-Quds city council said on Monday that 90 settler units will be built in two Old City districts while the other 32 will be constructed in the Pisgat Zeev settlement in East al-Quds.

The illegal settlement expansions by Israel have drawn international ire, with UN chief Ban Ki-moon calling on Tel Aviv to freeze settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.

“I continue to call on Israel to lift the unacceptable conditions in Gaza and to freeze settlement activities anywhere in the occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem (al-Quds),” Ban told a press conference in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates on Monday.

Ban’s call comes a day after Israeli media said Israel was set to approve 1,400 new settler homes in East al-Quds, defying pressure to halt illegal settlement building.

The Palestinian Authority walked out of direct talks with Israel in late September 2010 after Tel Aviv resumed the illegal settlement construction in the occupied West Bank.

Israel occupied and annexed East al-Quds in 1967 despite strong opposition from the international community.

According to data from the Palestinian Information Center, Israel has demolished 995 Palestinian homes and displaced 5,783 people — among them 3,109 children — in the occupied al-Quds since the start of 2,000.

Tel Aviv has defied the international community by continuing its settlement construction activities on Palestinian territories.

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