Gaza: New Israeli settlement plan violates international law

[ 15/08/2011 – 10:50 AM ]

GAZA, (PIC)– The government in Gaza has strongly condemned Israel’s new settlement venture as a “blatant violation of all international norms and conventions”.

The statement comes after Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai recently approved a plan to build 4,300 settlement units in Jerusalem.

In the statement, the Gaza Ministry of Justice described the move as “gorging of the land of Palestinians living under occupation”, and called it “one link in a chain of links to Judaize Jerusalem and displace its indigenous people for the interest of settlers, in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, particularly Article 47”.

“The legal status of Jerusalem is a land under Israeli occupation. Accordingly, the provisions of the 1907 Hague Convention apply, as it involves the demographic change of the population structure of the occupied Palestinian territories,” the ministry said.

The statement calls on the UN Security Council to pressure Israel into abiding by its decisions deeming Jerusalem an integral part of the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967.

It also called for Arabs and Muslims to help thwart Israel’s practices aimed at Judaizing the holy city, “given that the issue is is an Islamic and Arab issue, affecting every Arab and Muslim”.

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