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Erekat demands a stop to settlement activity

July 24, 2015 3:06 P.M. (Updated: July 26, 2015 10:28 A.M.)
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JERICHO (Ma'an) -- PLO Chief Negotiator, Saeb Erekat, called on the international community on Friday to demand the Israeli government halt its illegal settlement activity.

Erekat made his demand in reference to the most recent bid to build new illegal settlement units, an order to demolish the Susiya village in southern Hebron the expulsion of Bedouins from the al-Eizariya town in Jerusalem, and the ongoing apartheid policy.

Erekat’s statement came during a meeting with Fernando Gentilini, the EU Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process, delegation of the Human Rights Committee of the European Parliament, the charge d'affaires of the American consul, the Italian consul and the French consul separately.

Erekat added that days after the EU demanded the Israeli government to stop its settlement activity Israel responded with a bid to build 906 settlement units.

He called on the EU to hold the Israeli government accountable for its ongoing actions and policies violating the international law and legitimacy.

Recently, the EU passed a policy implementing labels on products produced in illegal settlements, and also received pressure from a large EU think-tank which released a report urging the EU to begin differentiating between business done with Israel and its illegal settlements. 
Comments
Joe Fattal / USA
Demanding the Israeli government to stop building illegal settlement it's like asking a thief not to rob your house and leave. You have to forcebily make him leave either yourself or call someone to do it for you.`
24/07/2015 16:36
Tibi / Tubas
EREKAT IS more of a PLO Chief of avoiding Negotiations, and
his calls on the international community to immediately intervene are
A JOKE.
24/07/2015 16:38
Outlier / USA
If he wants to gain relevance, he should demand immediate negotiations with Israel on Palestinian statehood and peace. Like most Palestinian "initiatives," this is a useless sideshow.
24/07/2015 18:05
Arnold / Canada
The only way to stop settlement activity is to come to terms that you and your other leaders are idiots. When are you going to realize that only negotiations will stop the erosion. Crying and whining has gotten you ZERO.
24/07/2015 19:33
Joe Fattal / USA
@ Tibi / Tubas The international community can intervene to secure a Palestinian State, they can do it but Israel is having the Palestinians as hostages for any future negotiations. And their treatements of the Palerstinians can be worse if the EU pressure Israel.
24/07/2015 20:57
Tibi / Tubas
The International Community Is Never Going To Come,
To Rescue "Palestine" From Israel, So
PALESTINIANS HAVE THREE OPTIONS:
-1- FIGHT, lose, and cause much death and destruction (like Hamas), .
-2- NEGOTIATE for peace (like Egypt and Jordan), OR
-3- WAIT (like the PLO).
26/07/2015 06:27
@ Joe / USA too
-1- The international community will no more intervene forcefully
against the State of Israel, than it will against the USA, and
-2- A Palestinian State can not be "secured" by either
Empty PLO "demands" Or Unenforceable UN Resolutions !!
26/07/2015 06:33
Brian Cohen / Israel
Tell us Joe, when you will stop holding the native Americans hostages and stop occupying their lands. You are an illegal occupation colonizer with a known record of land theft, slavery and war crimes. Why should we listen to you?
26/07/2015 07:08
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