PNA hails EU's stance against Israel's house demolitions in Jerusalem

22:07, June 30, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) on Wednesday welcomed statements by a European Union (EU) official that described Israel's policy of house demolitions in Jerusalem as "an obstacle to peace."

"Such statements are encouraging," Palestinian official Wafa news agency quoted the PNA's spokesman Nabil Abu Rdineh as saying.

"The EU's stance is a clear message to Israel that peacemaking is in danger because of its practices on the ground," he added.

EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton said Wednesday in a statement that "settlements and the demolition of homes are illegal under international law, constitute an obstacle to peace and threaten to make a two-state solution impossible."

On Sunday, Israeli police and Palestinian protestors clashed in Silwan neighborhood in East Jerusalem where the Jewish state is going to demolish 22 Palestinian-owned houses for settlement purposes.

Abu Rdineh urged the United States and the international Quartet to take "decisive steps to stop Israel's plans in Jerusalem that would definitely harm the peace process."

Israel's Channel 10 news reported on Wednesday that work began to construct a new neighborhood for settlers in the Shepherd Hotel complex in East Jerusalem.

Fatah official in charge of Jerusalem affairs, Hatem Abdul Qader, told Xinhua that this act proves Israel's intention to thwart the U.S.-mediated proximity talks.

In May, the Palestinians and Israel went for indirect proximity talks under an American umbrella.

The four-month proximities are meant to bridge the gap between the two sides to resume direct talks which halted in 2008 when Israel launched an all-out attack on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

Source:Xinhua

(Editor:黄蓓蓓)

  • Do you have anything to say?

双语词典
dictionary

  
Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • A fallen tree is seen on a road in Qionghai, south China's Hainan Province, Sept. 29, 2011. Typhoon Nesat was predicted to land in Hainan later Thursday, bringing heavy rainfalls to the island. (Xinhua/Meng Zhongde)
  • A man visits "Thy Word Is Truth, the Bible Ministry Exhibition of the Protestant Church in China", during its opening at Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church in Washington DC, capital of the United States, Sept. 28, 2011. Through the Bible's various Chinese versions, ancient or modern, as well as pictures, paintings, calligraphy, art works and historical documents, the exhibition was expected to give an overall understanding of how Bible was brought into China, how it was translated, published, distributed and loved. (Xinhua/Zhang Jun)
  • A visitor passes by in the exhibition of Istanbul design week on Sept. 28, 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey. Istanbul design week will be hosting designers and design exhibitions from around the world in Istanbul from Sept 28 to Oct 2 with the participation of 25 countries. (Xinhua/Ma yan)
  • Red flag flies at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu Province, Sept. 28, 2011. A spokesperson with China's manned space program said Wednesday that fuel has been injected into the Long March-2FT1 carrier rocket in preparation for launching the Tiangong-1 space module Thursday evening as planned. (Xinhua/Wang Jianmin)
  • A militant loyal to the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) waves in a tank near Bani Walid, one of the pro-Muammar Gaddafi strongholds, on Sept. 28, 2011. (Xinhua/Hamza Turkia)
  • Jewish worshippers pray at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem's Old City on Sept. 28, 2011, ahead of Rosh Hashanah, the two-day Jewish new year which will begin at sunset on Sept. 28 and conclude at nightfall on Sept. 30. (Xinhua/Muammar Awad)
Hot Forum Discussion