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PA may file court complaint over settlements

Oct. 31, 2013 6:07 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 1, 2013 5:58 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki said Thursday that the PA is considering going to international courts to file complaints against new Israeli settlements.

Calling on the United States, the Arab and Islamic worlds and the rest of the international community to condemn Israel's new settlement plans, al-Malki said that the continuous construction of illegal settlements makes a two-state solution impossible.

He said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's attempt to use Wednesday's release of 26 Palestinian veteran prisoners to justify the new settlement plans was "illogical."

The settlements are simply a political aspect of the occupation Israel has imposed on Palestine since 1967, he added.

Israel announced plans to construct some 5,000 new settlement homes in the West Bank after releasing the 26 Palestinian prisoners.

More than 500,000 Israeli settlers live in settlements across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in contravention of international law.
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