Cabinet Denounces Israel’s Settlement Expansion in Jerusalem

The Palestinian cabinet Tuesday denounced Israel's settlement plans in East Jerusalem as part of what was described as a new vision of Jerusalem.

In a statement issued after the weekly cabinet meeting in Ramallah, Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah warned against Israeli government plans to build 19 settlement projects in and around the walled Old City of Jerusalem, starting from Jaffa Gate, Lion's Gate and Silwan neighborhood, which Jewish settlers call City of David.

The plan is estimated to cost $400 million and is expected to be completed in 2030.

The cabinet stressed in its statement that Arab and Islamic countries are required to take immediate and serious action in order to address this Israeli scheme aimed at obliterating the cultural, religious and historical character of Jerusalem.

The Palestinian Authority is considering asking for a meeting for the United Nations Security Council to discuss Israeli settlement activities in Jerusalem, which Israel occupied in June 1967.

The cabinet also discussed the situation in the West Bank city of Nablus where two security officers and three gunmen were killed last week following armed clashes in the city.

One of the gunmen, Ahmad Halaweh, was beaten to death by security men at a Nablus detention center after arresting him.

The cabinet said that all those responsible for Halaweh's death will be brought to trial and that an official investigation into the incident will be conducted in transparency and based on the rule of law.

Source: WAFA