Archives for September 2017

25 September 2017 – Israeli violations continue unabated

Excellency,

I write to you today once again in regards to Israel’s incessant and provocative declarations on plans to construct and expand Israeli settlements throughout the Occupied State of Palestine, including East Jerusalem, in direct and grave contravention of international law and United Nations Security Council resolutions, including resolution 2334 (2016), and in blatant defiance of the international community.

Yesterday, 25 September 206, various Israeli media reported that the so-called Israeli Civil Administration is preparing to advance plans within the coming weeks for the construction of up to 2,000 new illegal settlement units across the Occupied Palestinian Territory, further entrenching its illegal colonial regime and further diminishing the viability of the two-State solution on the 1967 borders.

On this very same day Mr. Nicolay Mladenov, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, presented the Secretary-General’s third report on the implementation of Security Council resolution 2334 (2016), in which he reaffirmed that “Israel did not cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and fully respect all of its legal obligations in this regard as called for by the resolution.”  He further stated that, “since 20 June, Israel’s illegal settlement activities have continued at a high rate, a consistent pattern over the course of this year”, and that, “activity during this period was concentrated primarily in occupied East Jerusalem, where plans were advanced for over 2,300 housing units in July, 30 per cent more than for the whole of 2016.” [Read more…]