Israel called by UN to reverse settlement activities

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Jeffrey Feltman. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Israel has been urged by the UN Secretary-General to reverse its settlement activities and abide by international law.

A Security Council meeting was held on Wednesday to discuss what the UN political affairs chief, Jeffrey Feltman, described as "worrisome developments in Jerusalem."

The Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the UN has demanded that Israel cease all of its illegal settlement activities.

The envoy also urged Israel to stop what he called "other provocation" in Palestinian territory including occupied East Jerusalem.

Mr Feltman shared what he called the UN Secretary-General's "deep" concerns.

"The Secretary-General is alarmed by new reports about the advancement of planning for some 1,000 Israeli settlements units in occupied East Jerusalem. These include approximately 400 units in Har Homa and 600 in Ramat Shlomo. This latest development follows on the heels of Israel's decision at the end of September to accelerate the process of constructing some 2,600 residential units in Givat Hamatos, also in East Jerusalem."

The political affairs chief said should these plans be pursued, they would raise doubt about Israel's commitment to achieve durable peace with the Palestinians.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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