» 06/27/2009, 00.00
ISRAEL - PALESTINE - IRAN
Ban Ki-moon against the Israeli settlements. The G8 "deplores" Tehran
The Quartet also calls for the freezing of the "natural growth" of settlements. The Palestinian Authority demands the end of the settlements and the removal of checkpoints in the West Bank. The declaration to Iran calls on Tehran to respect fundamental rights and expresses sorrow over civilian deaths in demonstrations.
Trieste (AsiaNews / Agencies) - On the sidelines of the meeting of G8 foreign ministers, the “Quartet” for Middle East peace - comprising the EU, U.S., UN and Russia - urged Israel to halt settlements in the Occupied Territories and re-open border crossings between the Palestinian and Israeli areas. The G8 group also "deplores" the violence against demonstrators in Iran who criticize election results and have asked Tehran to resolve the crisis that began in recent days through dialogue.
Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary general, said that the Quartet is “urging Israeli authorities to stop settlements, including natural growth, and remove all these blocks and open the crossings. " Ban Ki-moon hopes to see "meaningful signs of progress."
The Quartet’s demands follow weeks after a similar request by U.S. President Barack Obama, but they are being resisted by the Israeli leadership which wants to allow the continuation of "natural growth" of Jewish settlements in the occupied territories. Under international law the occupying nation is banned from taking possession of the land. The Palestinians want the colonies to be stopped because their spread jeopardizes the start of a future Palestinian state. Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority says he will not return to a dialogue of peace until Israel freezes all settlement construction and removes all the checkpoints in the West Bank.
In a statement at the end of the meeting, the G8 ministers underlined that they "fully respect" the sovereignty of Iran, but "deplore the post-election violence that led to the loss of civilian life of many Iranians." "We express - continues the statement - our solidarity with those who have suffered repression while demonstrating in a peaceful manner and ask Iran to respect fundamental human rights."
France and Italy would have liked a stronger statement, but Russia has warned against the possibility of isolating Iran.
The meeting of the G8, the major Western countries, was the first since violence erupted in Iran after the elections on June 12. The theme of the encounter was to have been the stabilization of the situation in Afghanistan. Iran was invited, but at the last minute the Iranian foreign minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, withdrew.
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Two Palestinians killed infiltrating West Bank settlement. Yesterday another Palestinian killed
The first two were trying to attack a settler and were killed by soldiers as they fled. Another Palestinian killed after two soldiers opened fire in the Qalandiya refugee camp near Jerusalem following attack with stones and Molotov cocktails. Since last October 128 Palestinians and 28 Israelis have been killed.
Israeli jets bomb Gaza. Israel accused of "ethnic cleansing"
At least 17 injured including seven children. The raid was in retaliation against Hamas rockets on Ashkelon. In Geneva, Israel is accused of operating "ethnic cleansing" through the policy of settlements in the occupied territories.
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07/06/2012 ISRAEL - PALESTINE
Israel orders the construction of hundreds of new houses in the West Bank
PM Netanyahu announces the expansion of Beit El with the construction of 300 new homes. Construction minister announces 551 new flats in other West Bank settlements. Previously, Knesset rejected the legalisation of outposts on private Palestinian land, which triggers anger among settlers who vow to resist.
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Clashes between Israelis and Palestinians. Israel at war with the United Nations on settlements
A soldier in Tel Aviv stabbed during a patrol, but wounds are not life threatening. In response, the military opened fire wounding three Arabs, two critically. It is the second episode in a month. Israel, severs diplomatic relations with the UN Council for Human Rights, which wants to investigate the settlements.
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