Jerusalem – "illegal annexation being pursued by practical means"

Israel is moving with great speed on all fronts to change the situation on the ground in its favor. But the situation for Palestinians is increasingly untenable, and the pressure building up is intense.

A report on “Jerusalem and the Middle East Peace Process, prepared by European Union Heads of Missions [apparently in Jerusalem], and dated December 2008, was leaked/released today by the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICHAD), and it is damning: “Long-standing Israeli plans for Jerusalem, now being implemented at an accelerated rate, are undermining prospects for a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem and a sustainable two-state solutionIsrael is, by practical means, actively pursuing the illegal annexation of East Jerusalem“, the report states.

And, it charges that “Israel’s actions in and around Jerusalem constitute one of the most acute challenges to Israeli-Palestinian peace making … Settlement building in and around East Jerusalem continues at a rapid pace, contrary to Israel’s obligations under international law and the Roadmap, which were reaffirmed at Annapolis…
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