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Source: Egypt
27 December 2014

Egypt Denounces Israel’s New Settlement Expansion Plan


مصر تدين إصدار تراخيص لبناء 380 وحدة استيطانية

The Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson expressed Egypt’s condemnation of the Israeli government's approval, as reported by media, of the construction of 307 settler units in East Jerusalem, in addition to another 73 units in Bethlehem. He described it as a flagrant defiance of the rules of international law and the four Geneva Conventions, which prohibit the occupying power from altering the geographic and demographic character of the areas under occupation.

The spokesperson emphasized that pursing such Israeli settlement activity and provocative practices destroys efforts to resume negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli sides, based on the peace process’ terms of reference and the two-state solution that guarantees the establishment of a Palestinian State on the June 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital. He stresses the need for action by the international community in order to stop such Israeli practices and avoid sliding into a vicious cycle of violence.

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