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Erekat: 'The Grinch 'occupation' who decided to steal the spirit of Christmas'

Dec. 27, 2018 3:29 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 11, 2019 12:25 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Secretary General of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) said that "While the world is celebrating Christmas with its spirit of peace and joy, the Grinch 'occupation' decided to steal the Christmas spirit from the people of Palestine."

Erekat said in a statement, commenting on Israel's latest approval of constructing new settlement units in the occupied West Bank, "Indeed, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not only steal Christmas but also the land and resources for the benefit of the illegal settlement expansion. Netanyahu is exploiting the Palestinian land and resources for his early election campaign."

"the Israeli occupation authorities announced the approval of thousands of illegal settlement units in the occupied State of Palestine. According to the announcement, 2500 settlement units and two industrial settlement zones in the illegal settlements of Avnei Heretz and Beitar Illit will be constructed. This settlement expansion will be shoved in the heart of the Palestinian land."

The statement added "This announcement is undoubtedly part of Israel’s long list of violations of international law and legitimacy, including of the United Nation Security Council resolution 2334 among others. Therefore, it is of utmost urgency for the International Criminal Court to accelerate the process of investigating Israeli crimes, including its settlement enterprise. Further delays will cost more Palestinians lives, land, resources, and more suffering and despair, and we trust that Mrs. Fatou Bensouda will take this issue seriously."

"The world has to act before it is too late. In fact, Israel’s disregard and contempt to international law and legitimacy have been encouraged by the lack of international accountability, and therefore, the time has come for the world to end its double standards and to act with determination and courage to fulfill its responsibilities towards the people of Palestine. To this regard, the collective international responsibility should ensure the implementation of UNSC 2334 towards holding Israel accountable for its ongoing crimes against the people of Palestine."
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