Nabil Abu Rudeineh: Jerusalem and its Sanctities are a Red Line. All Israeli Settlements are Illegal.

December 15, 2020

Today, the Palestinian Presidency Spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh condemned Israel's systematic and continuous colonial attacks on occupied Jerusalem, including its intensification of colonial settlements, warning that Israel aims to create a new colonial reality to isolate Jerusalem's Old City and its surroundings from the rest of Jerusalem and the city itself from the rest of the State of Palestine, which will render the two-state solution and Palestine's sovereignty over its lands impossible.

The Palestinian Presidency Spokesman said in a statement on Tuesday: "Israel, and as part of its unilateral practices, is targeting approximately 30 Palestinian families in East Jerusalem, in Batn Al-Hawa in Silwan and Sheikh Jarrah, who are facing the threat of imminent evictions from their homes for the benefit of right-wing settler organizations - leading to the displacement of tens of Palestinians, including children, women, and the elderly. This requires the international community's urgent intervention by taking concrete and immediate measures to deter Israel, hold it accountable, stop its violations, and bind it to international law and United Nations resolutions, especially Security Council Resolution 2334."
Abu Rudeineh pointed out that Israel's targetting of occupied Jerusalem aims to change its geographical and demographic character and erase its Arab culture and identity. In addition to its advancement of various settlement projects and associated colonial structures, including settlement units, roads, tunnels, and the "Cable Car" project,  Israel is undertaking more illegal measures including seizure of land, home demolitions, forcible displacement, withdrawal of Jerusalem identity cards, stealing natural resources, closing Palestinian institutions, attacking Christian and Muslim holy sites, settler terror attacks, and other unilateral practices that violate the rules of international law and United Nations resolutions.

Abu Rudeineh stressed that ending the occupation and achieving the national independence of the State of Palestine on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital is the key to peace and stability in the region.

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