OIC denounces Israel's new settlement plans in Jerusalem

08:13, November 10, 2010      

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The Organization of the Islamic Conference, the world's largest pan-Islamic body, denounced Tuesday plans approved by Israel to build 1,300 new settlement units in East Jerusalem.

"Israeli settlements, not only affects the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, but also represents a flagrant violation of international law and the Fourth Geneva Convention," OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said in a statement Tuesday.

The U.S.-brokered peace talks broke down in September after Israel resumed construction in settlements in Palestinian lands after 10 months of partial moratorium.

The Palestinians want the eastern part of Jerusalem, which Israel occupied in 1967, as their future capital.

"The intransigence of Israel in its violation of the international law, through imposing a new reality on the ground, settlement building, isolating and Judaizing al-Quds (the Arabic name of Jerusalem), is a blatant challenge to the international legitimacy," the chief of the Jeddah-based body said.

Ihsanoglu also urged international community and the Middle East peace quartet to "compel Israel to stop all settlement acts that violate the fundamental rights of the Palestinian people."

Source: Xinhua


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