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Wednesday, December 5, 2012
PLO news agency: Palestine to Protest Israeli Settlements to UN Security Council

Palestine to Protest Israel’s Settlements to UN Security Council
http://english.wafa.ps/index.php?action=detail&id=21258

RAMALLAH, December 5, 2012 (WAFA - PLO news agency) – The Palestinian
leadership decided Tuesday to complain about Israel’s settlement activities
in the occupied Territory to the United Nations Security Council, according
to a statement issued following a meeting in Ramallah.

It said it wants the Security Council to issue a binding decision that would
force Israel to stop all forms of settlement activities.

“The leadership will work through all political and popular means to stop
this belligerent act by the (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu’s
government on the day after the UN decision,” said the statement.

The statement was referring to an Israeli decision to build 3000 housing
units in what is known as E1 project on the outskirts of occupied East
Jerusalem that would eventually divide the West Bank in half and kill any
chance for the creation of a contiguous Palestinian state.

“The future of peace and security is now facing a grave and unprecedented
danger as a result of these Israeli decisions,” said the leadership.

It has decided to ask the Security Council “in the name of the State of
Palestine” to issue a decision that will be binding to Israel to stop the
“destructive expansionist decisions and all forms of settlement activities.”

Palestine became a non-member state in the United Nations on Thursday
following an overwhelming vote that upgraded its status from observer entity
to non-member state observer.

The leadership also said that it will fight Israel’s punitive measures,
including freezing its funds, because they are a violation of international
law.

“Israel’s war crimes, whether they are stealing land of the State of
Palestine, attempting to divide it geographically and surrounding Jerusalem
with a belt of settlements, or stealing Palestinian money, should be dealt
with and responded to because of their grave dangerous consequences,” it
said.

The leadership called on the Arab states to implement their decision to
provide the Palestinian Authority with a financial safety net no less than
$100 million a month to help it face the ramifications of Israel’s
collective punishment.

M.S./F.R.

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