Abbas says Israel 'ethnic cleansing' in Jerusalem

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday said Israel is ethnic cleansing in Arab East Jerusalem by banning the building of Palestinian homes and cutting the city off from the occupied West Bank.

Abbas says Israel 'ethnic cleansing' in Jerusalem
Abbas told a summit of the 57-nation Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), being held in Senegal's capital Dakar, the success of U.S.-brokered peace talks depended on Israel showing willingness to live up to the spirit of the process.

"Our people in the city (Jerusalem) are facing an ethnic cleansing campaign through a set of Israeli decisions such as imposing heavy taxes, banning construction and closing Palestinian institutions in addition to separating the city from the West Bank by the racist separation wall," Abbas said.

"What is taking place on the ground today is in total violation of (the peace process)," he said.

Peace talks between Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert faltered late last year after Israel announced plans to build hundreds of new buildings in and around East Jerusalem on land it occupied in a 1967 war.

The International Court of Justice has termed the project illegal.


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