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PLO to appeal to UN over Israel settlements
Published Thursday 05/06/2014 (updated) 06/06/2014 22:30
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RAMALLAH (AFP) -- The PLO is to appeal to the UN Security Council over Israel's settlement construction, after it invited tenders for another 1,500 settler homes, a senior official said Thursday.

"The executive committee of the PLO views this latest escalation with the utmost of seriousness," Hanan Ashrawi said in an English-language statement.

The executive committee "will counter it by addressing both the United Nations Security Council and the General Assembly as the proper way of curbing this grave violation and ensuring accountability," she added.

Overnight, Israel's housing ministry unveiled plans for the new homes, 400 of them in annexed East Jerusalem, in what it said was a "fitting Zionist response" to the formation of a Palestinian unity government which includes Hamas.

The PLO threatened an "unprecedented" response to the move, with one senior official telling AFP the leadership was considering an appeal to the international justice system.

"The Palestinian leadership is looking seriously into going to international courts against settlement activity," the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The option of legal action against Israeli settlement building at the International Criminal Court in The Hague opened up after the Palestinians won observer state status at the United Nations in 2012.

But they agreed to hold off on any such recourse for the duration of US-brokered peace negotiations with Israel, which collapsed earlier this year.

"It is time to hold Israel accountable in front of international organizations in light of international law," chief negotiator Saeb Erekat told AFP.

"Those who fear the international courts should stop their war crimes against the Palestinian people, first and foremost of which is settlement activity."
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1 ) Lynx / Palestine
06/06/2014 11:08
I just got back from the OPT's. From what I have seen, the two-state solution is dead. Also, from what I have heard directly from local Palestinians, they are slowly accepting the settlements as a fact of life..a source of income, or just a daily reminder of Israel's military and technological upper hand. All this anti-settlement racket is just media propaganda to extend the conflict. The issue has become national and historical rights of Palestinians to be recognized...(continue)..

2 ) Lynx / Palestine
06/06/2014 11:11
...(continued)... In the absence of a Palestinian leadership committed to Palestinian human, historical aspirations, Palestinians everywhere should unite to demand our historical rights, and human rights to be recognized and respected throughout the Holy Land, in whatever state or political entity... The PLO/PA have failed dismally to bring about any hope or positive change since they arrived in 1993. Real change starts with honesty and internal criticism, it's time to ask for equality.
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