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Israel is planning to build a Jewish religious school in the heart of Al-Quds (occuouied East Jerusalem) among new other settlement projects, Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) leader Ahmed Qorei said.
Qorei, in a statement Tuesday night, said that the Israeli government is also planning to move some government offices to the occupied city, a move he warned could hamper the ongoing US-brokered peace negotiations.
“[Israel’s plan to] build a Jewish school and a settlement facility in the heart of Palestinian neighborhoods, especially Sheikh Jarrah, is a blow to American efforts [in the peace process],” Qorei said in his statement.
According to the statement, Israel is planning to build the school as well as a new building for its National Insurance Institute inside the Palestinian neighborhood.
“The Israeli cabinet continues to move government offices to Sheikh Jarrah to impose a status quo that aims to thwart the announcement of East Jerusalem as the capital of the future Palestinian state,” Qorei added.
He also announced that the PLO’s committee on Al-Quds affairs will convene on Wednesday to discuss the new Israeli plans.
“East Jerusalem is an occupied land and it’s the capital of the Palestinian state,” Qorei reaffirmed. “Any settlement projects conducted on its land are illegal and illegitimate and only aims at halting peace efforts.
Israeli officials were not available for comment.
Direct peace talks between Israel and Palestine resumed in July after a pause of almost three years. The US is seeking to broker an agreement on a "two-state solution" before the end of April.
Palestinians insist that Israeli settlement building must stop before a comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian final-status agreement can be reached.
Both the UN and the US consider Israeli settlement activity on occupied Palestinian land to be a breach of international law.
Israel arrests five Palestinian children
Israeli army troops have arrested five Palestinian children after storming a number of homes in Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem), eyewitnesses said.
The five children, all under the age of 15, were arrested from the Old City and the neighborhood of Oqbah al-Khalidiya late Tuesday, according to eyewitnesses.
Israeli authorities have repetaely arrested Palestinian children in the occupied territories for throwing stones at Israeli forces, amid condemnation from the Palestinian Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs.
Earlier in February, the Palestinian Information Ministry said the Israeli forces have stepped up their arrest campaigns against Palestinian children, citing that that 45 children have been arrested in the West Bank and Al-Quds during confrontations with Israeli forces within the second half of last January.
Around 200 children are currently detained in Israeli prisons, according to non-official figures.
Israel gives Palestinian family in Al-Quds eviction order
Israel's municipal authorities have handed a Palestinian family living in Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem) an eviction order of two housing units for later demolition, eyewitnesses said.
"Israeli municipal workers accompanied by policemen stormed two houses of Al-Abasi family on Tuesday in Jabel Mukaber neighborhood and hanged a demolition order on two apartments owned by the family," an eyewitness said.
According to the eyewitnesses, the two housing units were built three months ago and are housing 12 people.
For years, the self-proclaimed Jewish state has systematically demolished Palestinian homes in the holy city, claiming they were built without official Israeli permits.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Israeli authorities demolished more than 500 Palestinian homes in the West Bank and Al-Quds last year alone.
Israeli municipal authorities impose tight restrictions on the building and renovation of Palestinian homes in Al-Quds.
Sacred to both Muslims and Jews, Al-Quds is home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which for Muslims represents the world's third holiest site.
Jews refer to the area as the "Temple Mount," claiming it was the site of two prominent Jewish temples in ancient times.
Palestinians accuse Israel of waging an aggressive campaign to "Judaize" the holy city with the aim of effacing its Arab and Islamic identity.Last Mod: 12 Şubat 2014, 11:26