Palestinians to Turn to UN over Israeli Settlement Plans

World | December 18, 2012, Tuesday // 13:49|  views

A construction site in the east Jerusalem Jewish settlement of Ramat Shlomo. Photo by RIA Novosti/AFP

The Palestinian Authority intend to turn to the UN Security Council after Israel approved a construction of 1,500 houses in East Jerusalem's Ramat Shlomo district, according to a report.

The Palestinan Authority  is about to take "important and necessary measures against Israel's settlement building, including recourse to the UN Security Council, to prevent implementation of these decisions," president Mahmud Abbas's spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina has declared, as cited by international media.

On Monday, it emerged that Israel has given the green light for developers to go ahead with plans to build 1,500 settler homes in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem.

The 1,500 apartment units in the neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo received final approval from the Israeli Interior Ministry on Monday. This means construction can begin in the coming year.

The plan for the 1,500 settler homes was first announced in 2010 during a visit to Israel by US Vice President Joe Biden, causing a major diplomatic rift between the US and Israel.

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Tags: Israel, Palestinians, settlement, ramat shlomo, East Jerusalem, UN Security Council


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