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Israeli cabinet endorses law making judaizing Jerusalem a national priority

Ma’an – 24/10/2010

TEL AVIV — Israel’s Ministerial Committee on Legislation on Sunday backed a bill to define Jerusalem as a national priority area, Israeli press reported.

Among other financial benefits, the proposal would give priority to construction in Jerusalem, including in occupied East Jerusalem, the Israeli news site Ynet said. Further, the bill’s creators said it would lead to an increase in the number of Jews in East Jerusalem, which Palestinians seek as the capital of their state, Ynet reported.

MK Uri Ariel, who proposed the bill, said it would lead to “a change in the demographic balance” of the city. The bill has secured wide-spread support in the Knesset, where it will face a preliminary vote on Wednesday, the report added.

Palestinian leaders have repeatedly denounced what they say is a policy of ethnic cleansing in Jerusalem. President Mahmoud Abbas told leaders at a recent Arab League summit that home demolitions, evictions, land confiscation, and settlement building had become daily occurrences in the city.

Israel illegally annexed East Jerusalem following the 1967 war, a move not recognized by the international community. The UN considers East Jerusalem to be under occupation, and recently condemned Israel’s settlement enterprise in the area as a violation of international law. The fate of Jerusalem is one of the six final-status issues to be agreed in negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.

UN envoy Richard Falk said Friday that “the extension of the Jewish presence in East Jerusalem by way of unlawful settlements, house demolitions, revocations of Palestinian residence rights, makes it increasingly difficult to envisage a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem.”

Israel’s recent approval of 240 new housing units in illegal settlements in East Jerusalem was denounced by the international community. The US conveyed its “disappointment” to Israel over the move, which US State Department spokesman Philip J Crowley described as “contrary to our efforts to resume direct negotiations between the parties.”

Meanwhile, Israeli forces handed several demolition notices to Palestinian families on Sunday in Al-Bustan in Silwan, a neighborhood in East Jerusalem.

Head of the committee defending Silwan homes Fakhri Abu Diab said a large force of Israeli border guards ransacked the area, using homes as vantage points to fire tear-gas canisters, stun-grenades and rubber bullets “in all directions.”

October 24, 2010 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Illegal Occupation

3 Comments »

  1. The Jews on their final push to totally take over Jerusalem.

    This is a vile thing, an abhorrent thing, an abominable thing…the Golim.

    \\ll//

    Comment by hybridrogue1 | October 24, 2010 | Reply

  2. The West always preaches that Islam is a religion of hate
    and harbors terrorists on their soil. Where are all the alleged terrorists when we need you? The Saudis are buying all that military hardware from the US and for what?
    Palestine needs you and Al Quds is waiting to be liberated from the yoke of oppression. Do something or Jerusalem is lost to Satan.

    Comment by B.Benhamid | October 24, 2010 | Reply

  3. There is no state called Israel.
    State of thieves called Israel a
    basis of the displacement
    and killing of Innocent nation .
    state of thieves basis
    bloodshed and war
    And the arrest of people
    for tens of years to
    prevent him from claiming
    The right to life .
    basis steal the land of the
    Palestinian people
    And then steal
    the land of the Arab-Muslim
    the entire .State of the
    thieves do not know the law …..
    Does not recognize the
    law of the United Nations,
    a state that considers itself above the
    law . the law is the siege of Gaza
    And the bloodshed and
    destruction of houses and
    killing innocent people
    and occupying the country
    This is a country named Israel thieves

    Comment by arabmuslim | November 7, 2010 | Reply


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