Roundup: Palestine and Israel
The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, has warned that Israeli plans for thousands of new settler homes in East Jerusalem and the West Bank would deliver an “almost fatal blow” to chances of a peace deal with the Palestinians.
Might is not right, that Palestinians are entitled to their rights and fundamental freedoms, and that settlements encroaching upon occupied lands are unacceptable let alone illegal.
Palestine’s historic recognition as a non-member observer state of the United Nations brings with it obligations under international law, Amnesty International says.
The Israeli government is facing international condemnation for a proposal for 3,000 new settlements in the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem.
The newly upgraded status of Palestine in the United Nations is viewed as a positive step in the direction toward peace and a reaffirmation of the World Council of Churches’ long-term commitment to a two-state solution, the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, World Council of Churches General Secretary said.
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