Settler violence has increased in Occupied Palestinian Territory, says Chief Palestinian NegotiatorListen /
Violence by Jewish settlers has increased in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, according to Saëb Erakat, Chief Palestinian Negotiator.
Mr. Erakat, who is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, briefed Member States at UN headquarters on Monday.
He said the total number of settlements completed since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took office in 2009 till the end of 2012 totalled more than 16,000 housing units, with eleven units built every day.
Mr. Erakat added that after the United Nations General Assembly's decision to grant Palestine the status of a non-member observer State on 29 November 2012, 11,500 new housing units were tendered and approved.
"In the same period between 2009 till the end 2012, the settlers' violence grew by 315 per cent. What I mean by settler violence is the highest form of terrorism exercised by criminals and thugs who kill innocent people, burn trees, mosques, churches and by the protection of the Israeli Army and now since the appointment of Mr. Yaalon as Defense Minister Israeli settlers as of last month are taking part at the road blocks with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank." (28")
Mr. Erakat said in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, there is what he called "apartheid worse than that which existed in South Africa" with roads that only Israelis can use.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.