Russia and France slam Israel’s settlement expansion in O. Jerusalem

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[ 17/11/2011 – 10:49 AM ]

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Russia and France denounced Israel’s declared intention to build 800 settlement units in the occupied city of Jerusalem.

The Russian ministry of foreign affairs said in a press release on Wednesday the announcement of new settlement construction tenders raised its deep concern over the future of the peace process in the middle east.

“Russia reiterated repeatedly its position on this issue, that every construction in the occupied Palestinian lands including east Jerusalem violates the recognized rules of the international law and thus must be stopped,” the Russian foreign ministry underlined.

For its part, the French state department on Monday had described Israel’s settlement plan as further provocation.

“France condemns the unacceptable decision and recalls that settlement, both in the West Bank and east Jerusalem is illegal,” spokesman for the French state department Bernard Valero said.

Valero noted that Israel moves to build more houses represent “an additional provocation” at a time international community is working to relaunch deadlocked negotiations between Palestinian and Israeli officials.

“Besides being illegal, the continuation of settlement will take away prospects of making Jerusalem the capital of two states which is necessary to reach peace agreement,” Valero said in an electronic press statement.


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Israel’s Jerusalem municipality plans to build more than 50,000 new homes in the city’s occupied eastern sector over two decades:

  • 23,628 homes have already been approved, 20,263 in East Jerusalem and 3,365 in the west.
  • 13,824 are pending review, 12,819 in East Jerusalem and 1,005 in the west.
  • 23,266 housing units are still in planning stages, 19,281 in the east and 3,985 in the west.

Of these, the municipality plans:

  • 10,366 homes in northern East Jerusalem, including illegal Israeli settlement Pisgat Zeev and Palestinian town Beit Hanina.
  • 5,239 homes in southern East Jerusalem, including Gilo settlement and Palestinian district Beit Safafa.
  • 4,886 new units in central eastern Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan and Jerusalem’s Old City.

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