Construction rises by 60 per cent since US settlement activity veto

[ 08/03/2011 – 12:01 PM ]


RAMALLAH, (PIC)– A Palestinian researcher said in press statements Sunday that Jewish settlement activity in the Palestinian territories has risen by more than 60 per cent after the US used its veto power to strike down an Arab-proposed resolution to the UN condemning settlement construction.

”The rate of settlement activity is moving upwards,” said Abdul-Hadi Hantash, adding that the US veto has become the ”fundamental supporter to impose new settlement realities on Palestinian land.”

He said that it is not only the settlers but the Israeli government that is responsible for the marked increase, through its systematic coordination with settlers and occupational forces to raise the pace of settlement activity.

According to data provided by the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics, settlement activity had quadrupled since the expiration of the settlement freeze five months ago.

Construction rises by 60 per cent since US settlement activity veto.

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