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Israel destroying peace process: Abbas

2011-01-09 19:47

Ramallah - Israel is destroying any chance of a return to peace talks by carrying out demolitions in annexed east Jerusalem, a spokesperson for Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said on Sunday.

"By doing this, Israel has destroyed all the US efforts and ended any possibility of a return to negotiations," Nabil Abu Rudeina said in a statement after Israeli forces demolished part of a former hotel in east Jerusalem.

The Hotel Shepherd is being partially demolished to make way for 20 new homes for Jewish settlers in the east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah.

"Israel has no right to build in any part of east Jerusalem, or any part of the Palestinian land occupied in 1967," Abu Rudeina said, calling on the United States to "stop Israeli tampering".

On Sunday morning, three bulldozers tore down part of the dilapidated hotel, which was once the home to Jerusalem's mufti religious leader, Haj Amin al-Husseini, who became infamous for his ties to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

The Jeddah-based Organisation of the Islamic Conference blasted the demolition as a "flagrant violation of international law".

Though east Jerusalem is largely Palestinian, an increasing number of hard line Israeli settlers have moved into the area's neighbourhoods, sparking fights with Arab residents.

No talks while building

An estimated 2 000 Jewish settlers live in Palestinian neighbourhoods in annexed east Jerusalem, although the exact number of properties they own is unclear.

Talks between Israel and the Palestinians have been on hold since the end of September, when an Israeli freeze on the construction of Jewish settlements expired.

Abbas has insisted he will not hold peace talks while Israel continues to build on land the Palestinians want for their future state.

The United States spent weeks trying to secure an extension of the settlement freeze, which expired just weeks after direct peace talks restarted for the first time in nearly two years.

But Washington eventually admitted it had failed to convince Israel to reimpose the ban, even for a three-month period, and called on both sides to resume indirect negotiations.

Israel said on Saturday that its chief peace negotiator, Yitzhak Molcho, would travel to Washington next week to renew contacts with the Palestinians.

But the Palestinians have said they will not hold any talks with Israel without a new settlement freeze.


Comments
  • Joe - 2011-01-09 19:59

    Funny; every time Israel does something it has the right to do, it's the bad guy, but when the Palestinians do something like blow up innocent people on buses in Israel, of fire rockets into Israel with the sole intent of killing innocent Israelis, the whole world must condemn it, according the the Palestinians. I fully support ANY retaliation Israel carries out against the Palestinians, and I couldn't care less about how many of them die every time. South Africans could learn something from the middle East: action speaks louder than words. Just look at the 'action' by the farm murderers compared to the 'words' from government...

      Irené - 2011-01-10 14:01

      Joe, you have anger issue my bru. you have to chill, firstly you clearly dont understand the occupation of the palestinian land, nor do you have any idea how the palestinians are treated by police and armed forces. Are you supporting Israel because they supported the Apartheid regime in SA way back? I would guess so, bigoted racist.

      Irené - 2011-01-10 14:01

      Joe, you have anger issue my bru. you have to chill, firstly you clearly dont understand the occupation of the palestinian land, nor do you have any idea how the palestinians are treated by police and armed forces. Are you supporting Israel because they supported the Apartheid regime in SA way back? I would guess so, bigoted racist.

  • Fazil - 2011-01-09 20:04

    There was no peace agreement . The Zionists used the process as a fig-leave to cover their intent to claim Palestine pre-48 "piece-by-peace".

      BernieK - 2011-01-09 20:55

      Hamas and their cronies are the ones looking for trouble. They will get what they are looking for - just wait and see. And then the rest of the LIBERAL WEST must please not blame Israel. The Pallies are asking for it. The UK is very quick to blame Israel - wait till the same shit happens in Europe....

      BernieK - 2011-01-09 20:55

      Hamas and their cronies are the ones looking for trouble. They will get what they are looking for - just wait and see. And then the rest of the LIBERAL WEST must please not blame Israel. The Pallies are asking for it. The UK is very quick to blame Israel - wait till the same shit happens in Europe....

      Thinks - 2011-01-09 22:20

      Palestine pre-1948 belonged to the Jewish people from the Jordan River to th Mediteranean Sea, as it does today, under International Law and U.S. Constitutional Law. Jordan was given to the Arabs of Palestine at the same time Israel was given to the Jew, in 1920, and in 1924. King Faisal was acting on behalf of the Arabs and Chaim Weitzman was acting on behalf of the Jews. The Arabs also got Syria and Iraq. But the Arabs of Palestine got 77 percent of the Mandate for Palestine, while Jeews got 23 percent. It just took them a while to get there because Hitler had other plans. And the Hashemites were put in charge in Jordan. It is the home of the Arabs of Palestine.

      Thinks - 2011-01-09 22:20

      Palestine pre-1948 belonged to the Jewish people from the Jordan River to th Mediteranean Sea, as it does today, under International Law and U.S. Constitutional Law. Jordan was given to the Arabs of Palestine at the same time Israel was given to the Jew, in 1920, and in 1924. King Faisal was acting on behalf of the Arabs and Chaim Weitzman was acting on behalf of the Jews. The Arabs also got Syria and Iraq. But the Arabs of Palestine got 77 percent of the Mandate for Palestine, while Jeews got 23 percent. It just took them a while to get there because Hitler had other plans. And the Hashemites were put in charge in Jordan. It is the home of the Arabs of Palestine.

  • noel - 2011-01-09 20:22

    ...and what has Abbas done to promote peace talks - zilch. He has done all he can to avoid peace talks as he fears the reaction by Hamas to any negotiated settlement - he is a coward looking for any feeble excuse for not taking part in negotiations

  • Zanu - 2011-01-10 11:15

    Destroying any chance of a return to peace talks? Lets not kid Abbas... If you had any inclination of wanting peace you would have put something on the table for the Israeli's, not just demanding things all the time. Its called compromise Abbas, you can’t even call Israel a Jewish state like the rest of the world...Yet alone want to compramise on land. so what peace process are you talking about? It’s piece by piece that you want... and I think that the people on the ground have called that bluff. Israel has every right to build as long as you (Abbas) refuse to take steps for peace (and I don’t mean just talking about having a meeting to make a plan to make another meeting (60years) If you don’t have the guts to make peace with Israel, then at least hand over the reins to someone who cares for his own people, not just his back pocket. The Palestinian people are suffering, but not at Israel’s hand, rather at their; either corrupt (PA) or fundamentalist leaders (Hamas). By the way… this building that was destroyed was owned by a Jew… so where is the crime here? Or the gas field that was found off the coast of Israel and now claimed by Hizbolla? Why do you always want stuff? Why can’t you start creating instead of wanting other people’s assets? Stop dreaming and start working for a brighter future, cause the truth of the matter is, that if it was not for Jews returning to their land and cultivating it, there would have been nobody on most of that mosquito infected swamp land.

  • pawsaw - 2011-01-10 13:13

    One wonders why the Israeli's and the Palestinians who are being forced to live cheek by jowel like this don't actually join hands and stage a protest that this is illegal and/or they don't wish to live together like this. Actually talk to each other as human beings and see what compromises they can some to so that they can live in peace. The governments are both grandstanding irrespective of UN interference etc. Let the people decide provided they do it peacefully. It sounds as though the Hotel was due to be demolished anyway and opend space for thrity Israeli families to move into. I can't imagine they actually asked to live there on disputed land! Hardline - hmmm - what does that mean - possibly armed so that they are able to defend themselves perhaps or are they planning to randomly pick off the palestinians in the area so that eventually it will only be Israeli? I doubt it is the latter really. I mean what family wants to kill their neighbours and risk being killed by their neighbours. Surely all they want is to live in peace. Technically the Palestinians lost that land when they went to war with Israel. This was back in '67 - that is 5 generations ago for G-s sake. What Israel is doing is claioming the right to settle people there in a place which was occupied by nobody. How many Palestinians were actually removed from their home and settled elsewhere in this exercise? Why fight over something which you weren't using and someone else needs?

      Waleed - 2011-01-18 11:36

      you fight in order for future generations to have a rightful place to live on. Once the genocide stops from Israel that is. Just because i dont use my garden or garage doesn't give someone the right to demolish it and then occupy it... i hope one day you invest in property only to find that two years down the line when you plan to build a house for your children on it, that a million Zimbabwean's occupy it and dish you the same rubbish logic you just came up with.... i really do hope that happens.... maybe then you will start thinking rationally and give you an idea of how the palestinians are being raped of there land...

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