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UK condemns Israeli 'provocation' in Jerusalem
Published Friday 30/12/2011 (updated) 01/01/2012 12:20
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A Palestinian man herds sheep near a construction site at a Jewish settlement
near Jerusalem. (Reuters/Baz Ratner)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Britain's Minister for the Middle East and North Africa Alistair Burt on Friday condemned Israel's plans to expand an illegal settlement and build a tourism center in occupied East Jerusalem.

Jerusalem municipality on Wednesday approved plans to build 130 new homes in Gilo settlement and a tourism complex in Silwan.

"I condemn the decision by the Jerusalem Local Planning and Building Committee to build additional structures in the Palestinian neighbourhood of Silwan, and housing in the settlement of Gilo," Burt said in a statement.

"This is another provocative and deeply counter-productive step, the latest in a series by the Israeli authorities," he added.

The minister said Israel's continued settlement building made it "ever harder" to achieve a two-state solution.

France also said it was "deeply concerned" by Israel's plans for the occupied city in a statement Thursday.

It urged Israel to abandon the projects "in order to establish between the parties a climate of trust that is conducive to the resumption of direct negotiations."

In September 2010, Israel refused to extend a partial freeze on illegal settlement building despite intense international pressure, prompting the PLO to withdraw from talks.

All settlements are illegal under international law, and the PLO refuses to return to negotiations while Israel continues to build Jewish-only housing on occupied Palestinian land.

On Nov. 1, Israel announced it was speeding up illegal construction after the UN cultural agency UNESCO voted to admit Palestine.
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1 ) Business / Israel
30/12/2011 17:05
Israel's Minister for the British isles has condemned UK activity in occupied Gibraltar.

2 ) Tony B? / ME
30/12/2011 17:43
Are these people living in the same world? The PA has Joined with the Hamas terrorist group. The negotiations are over. Remember your party's old mantra Mr Burt. "No negotiations with terrorists". If the IRA had continued to bomb London, would you have caved in to their demands? Your wonderful Mr Churchill gave away 80% of the Jewish homeland to Arabs for the creation of Jordan for the Palestinians. Were they satisfied? No, because they want it all.

3 ) gustavo / Argentina
31/12/2011 00:08
I am tired to hear the stupid expression "deeply concerned",in my country we call this a robbery, a desposession a confiscation of privete land by a illegal invader.It is horrify, a disgrace, I am embarrassed to see a lot of cowards to call so big stupidity to justify themselves by acting nothing

4 ) Carlos / USA
31/12/2011 02:24
Hurray for Great Britain! Have they finally come to thier senses? When will US come to its senses? I am so proud of Great Britain for condemning Israeli atrocities.

5 ) e andrews / ireland
31/12/2011 12:22
never thought i'd say this but "go on the brits".

6 ) Business / Israel
31/12/2011 14:28
Israel will soon have a Ministry for British Isles affairs which shall opine on matters all things UK and Irish, including rioting, the Malvinas, Gibraltar, N. Ireland, treatment of asylum seekers, monetary policy etc. We shall condemn buildings in London if we don't like them.

7 ) e andrews / ireland
01/01/2012 18:44
let them build it after the deal it will belong to palestine

8 ) e andrews / ireland
01/01/2012 22:03
dont try to stir things up between us and the brits. we found peace over here because we came to value it more than anything else. we compromised just like you will have to and give up the dream of building the temple on top of the al aqsa mosque

9 ) Business / Israel
02/01/2012 02:02
I dont think anyone needs to stir up things between the irish and uk but why dont you keep your nose out of our business. Ireland seems to have a few problems of its own these days .

10 ) John / USA
02/01/2012 15:58
9) Maybe the United States should have kept their noses out of Nazi Germany's business too? After all American committed their own holocaust against American Indians. Isn't this your logic.

11 ) Business / Israel
03/01/2012 00:40
@10: did Ireland declare war on Israel? I'm not aware. Germany declared war on the US first (not the other way). And who the hell does th uk think it is with a Minister for the middle east to comment on our affairs? Empire is done. The uk is just one more failing state in the eu, as is Ireland. And if you think what is happening to the Palestinians is remotely comparable to genocide, you are insane. As for your guilt over the Indians, give your property to them, if you are not just full of it
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