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Israeli plan for settlements condemned – Adams

4 December, 2012 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has described the Israeli government’s decision to build almost 3000 homes on occupied Palestinian land as “a deliberate snub to the international community and a serious blow to diminishing hopes of a two state settlement.”

The Sinn Féin leader has urged the international community to “take strong and urgent diplomatic action against Israel.”

Teachta Adams said:

“The decision by the Netanyahu government to build at least 3,000 more homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem came on the day after the United Nations’ voted overwhelming to designate Palestine as a ‘non-member observer state’.

“Of particular concern is the fact that the planned new build is in a section known as E1 and if constructed would split the west Bank in two.

“When taken along with the Israeli settlements that have already been constructed on the west Bank and the separation wall that locks Palestinian communities into walled ghettoes, this move by the Netanyahu government significantly undermines the limited hope that existed for an agreement based on two viable states in the region.

“This decision must not be allowed to stand and every action possible must be taken by the international community to have these plans scrapped.”

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