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Hundreds of Palestinians rally against Israeli road project

More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements

Source : Presstv / 11 Feb 2013

Hundreds of Palestinian people have held a demonstration against Israel’s new road project in East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

On Sunday, the protest was held in the neighborhood of Beit Safafa south of the old al-Quds, Ma'an news agency reported.

The demonstrators formed a human chain and set up tents to protest the construction of so-called Road 4, which would consume a part of Beit Safafa's land and divide the area into two parts.

The road will connect nearby Israeli settlements. Palestinians say the road will swallow up their land.

Protesters stopped two bulldozers from carrying out their job. Two Palestinians were arrested by Israeli forces during the demonstration.

The Tel Aviv regime announced plans to build thousands of new settler units in the area following a UN General Assembly vote to upgrade Palestine’s status at the world body.

Israeli officials said they would go ahead with plans to construct illegal settler units on the Palestinian lands despite condemnation from the United Nations and international community.

Many countries, including some of Tel Aviv’s allies, have condemned the Israeli plans to construct illegal settler units on the occupied territories.

More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds in 1967.

Israel’s annexation of East al-Quds is in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 242 and has never been recognized by the international community.

 

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