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December 5, 2012 11:25 am

PA, Writing to UN, Calls Israeli Construction Plans ‘War Crimes’

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PA Chairman Abbas after his return from the United Nations status upgrade bid. Photo: Screenshot.

Palestinian leaders delivered a harsh complaint to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday in light of Israel’s recent decision to move ahead with plans to build an additional 3,000 housing units in area E1 between Jerusalem and Maaleh Adumim, Israel Hayom reported.

A letter sent to Ban from Ramallah said “Israel is acting belligerently and forcefully while trampling on all the principles and guidelines of international law, and responds with disdain and insult to the demands and will of the international community. All enlightened countries of the world must send a clear and tough message to the Israeli government saying that its illegitimate policies will result in severe consequences and a deepening of its political isolation, which it alone will be responsible for due to the obstacles it has placed in the path of peace.”

A statement by the office of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday said that in accordance with the new Palestinian status in the UN, PA leaders are in contact with UN Security Council officials with the goal of forcing Israel to cancel its decision to build in area E1. “The expansion of the settlements is tantamount to war crimes and we will not sit idly by,” the statement said.

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