Saeb Erekat, Secretary General of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) has revealed that Palestinians asked Egypt to call for a meeting of the Arab Quartet in order to submit a draft resolution to the UN Security Council denouncing Israeli settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Erekat responded to Israel’s announcement of a new plan to build hundreds of additional settlement housing units in occupied Jerusalem.
The Palestinian leadership, he insisted, will continue to confront “the occupation’s projects through all possible means, until the end of the occupation and the creation of the Palestinian state along the 1967 borders, with Jerusalem as its capital.”
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Erekat further condemned the latest Israeli plans for an additional 770 housing units in the illegal Gilo settlement, which will have a total of 1,200 new units once the latest leg of the project is completed.
He added, “The occupation government’s decision to continue with illegal settlement construction is a message to the international community and a reminder of its inability to deter and hold Israel to account for its systematic violations.”