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East Jerusalem is considered by International law to be part of the pre 1967 boundary

by Stephen Oryszczuk

Britain and America have strongly criticised yet another Israeli announcement of Jewish settlement expansion in Palestinian territories.

Foreign Office Minister Tobias Ellwood said: “The UK condemns the Government of Israel’s decision of 30 January to publish new tenders for 450 settlement units in the West Bank of the Occupied Palestinian Territories.”

He added: “Israeli settlements… are illegal under international law. We urge the Government of Israel to reverse this decision.”

Settlements watchdog Peace Now said it was a right-wing power play ahead of next month’s election, adding: “It is a pre-election grab to establish facts on the ground made by the Netanyahu government.”

Hanan Ashrawi, a senior official of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said: “Once again, Palestinian lives, rights and lands are being violated in the service of Israeli election campaigns.”