Israel urged to freeze illegal settlement activity in occupied Palestinian territories

The destruction of a hotel by Israeli bulldozers in East Jerusalem has been criticised by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Martin Nesirky

Martin Nesirky

The demolition of the Shepherd’s Hotel is to make way for the building of 20 homes for Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem, the potential capital of a future Palestinian state.

Spokesman Martin Nesirky says the Secretary-General is reiterating his call on the government of Israel to take whatever steps are necessary to freeze settlement activity.

“The Secretary-General deplores yesterday’s destruction of the Shepherd’s Hotel in occupied East Jerusalem to make way for new settlement units in the heart of a Palestinian neighbourhood, which only serves to heighten tensions. It is deeply regrettable that growing international concern at unilateral expansion of illegal Israeli settlements is not being heeded. Such actions seriously prejudice the possibility of a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

(duration: 27″)

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