UN peace coordinator told UN Security Council on Wednesday that Israel had announced or approved plans of 22,000 settlement units since UN resolution to stop settlement in 2016.
In a brief the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, made to the UN Security Council on the implementation of Security Council resolution 2334 (2016), he gave details about Israel’s settlement violations.
“In the three years since the Security Council resolution 2334 adopted, plans for over 22,000 units have been advanced or approved in West Bank settlements, including in East Jerusalem,” he said.
“Tenders for some 8,000 units have been issued. These numbers should be of serious concern to all those who continue to support the establishment of an independent and viable Palestinian state alongside Israel,” he added.
‘No legal validity’
Mladenov reminded that the UNSC resolution 2,334 “clearly states that the establishment of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law.”
He also recalled that the resolution considers Israeli settlement as “a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace.”
“Therefore,” he stressed, “Settlements must cease immediately and completely.”
Mladenov also said that the Israeli displacement of the Palestinians and the destruction of their homes in the occupied territories is still continuous.
“Demolitions and seizures of structures also continued across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem,” he told the UNSC.
“Since 6 December , an additional eight Palestinian-owned structures were demolished or seized by the Israeli authorities, resulting in the displacement of 20 people,” he added.
Israel did not stop violence
Meanwhile, he said that the UNSC resolution 2,334 “calls for immediate steps to prevent all acts of violence against civilians.”
“Unfortunately,” he said, “violence continued even during the few days since the submission of [this] report.”
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