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Palestine calls for anti-settlement resolution

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
The Palestinian UN Ambassador Riyad Mansour (Photos by AFP)

The Palestinian UN ambassador has called for a harsh UN Security Council resolution against Israel’s illegal settlement activities.

On Wednesday, Riyad Mansour urged the council to adopt a resolution aimed at curtailing Israel’s continued settlement activities with threatening "consequences."     

He noted that it is "imperative" for the establishment of peace in the occupied Palestine that the Tel Aviv regime halt all of its illegal activities, including its occupation of Palestinian territories.

Israel’s settlement expansion has been among the main reasons behind the collapse of the last round of Israeli-Palestinian talks in 2014.

According to Americans for Peace Now, the number of Israeli settlements has grown dramatically over the past 20 years, with the construction of 11,000 new settler units authorized under Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

A photo taken on May 6, 2016 shows a partial view of the illegal Israeli settlement of Efrat on the southern outskirts of the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem. 

The Israeli anti-settlement Peace Now group reported earlier this month that the regime's plans to construct 2,168 new housing units moved forward over the last Jewish year, compared to 553 ones the year before.

Over half a million Israelis live in more than 230 illegal settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem al-Quds.

Britain, France and Russia have already slammed Israel's settlement construction as an obstacle to peace and the establishment of a sustainable Palestinian state. 

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