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Erekat: 'Israeli settlement expansion result of US encouragement of Israeli violations'

Aug. 23, 2018 5:15 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 26, 2018 10:57 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Secretary General of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Saeb Erekat said, on Thursday, that the Israeli authorities' announcement of new illegal settlement units in the occupied West Bank is the result of continues American encouragement of Israeli violations.

Erekat said that the United States' State Department is encouraging Israel to continue its violations of the international law which threatens peace and security in the area.

The Secretary General called for holding Israel accountable for its actions and violations of international law.

Erekat said that settlement expansion by Israel "is not only a serious violation of the international humanitarian law, but a war crime that would not have taken place without the granting of immunity and treating it as a state above the law by the international community."

Erekat called upon the international community to impose sanctions on Israel until it recognizes and fulfills its obligations under the international law and United Nation resolutions.

Erekat's statement comes in response to Israel's recent approval of 2,000 settlement units, including 1,000 new units.
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