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Japan Renews Condemnation of Israel's Construction of Housing in East Jerusalem

Monday, August 15, 2011

Tokyo- (PanOrient News) Japan today renewed its condemnation of Israel's approval of the construction of 1,600 new housing units for Jewish people in Ramat Shlomo of East Jerusalem on August 11, followed by the approval of the construction of more than 900 Jewish housing units in Har Homa (Jabal Abu Ghneim) on August 4.

A Statement by the Japanese Foreign Ministry said that "such an act goes against the ongoing efforts by the international community to resume the negotiations for peace, and that the government of Japan does not recognize any act that prejudges the final status of the territories in the pre-1967 borders, and Israeli settlement activities should be fully frozen.

Japan once again strongly calls upon Israel to refrain from any unilateral act that changes the current situation in East Jerusalem, the statement said adding that Japan strongly hopes that peace negotiations towards a two-state solution, under which Israel and a Palestinian State will live side by side in peace, will be resumed soon.

Meanwhile, Palestinians officials described the Israeli move as “gorging of the land of Palestinians living under occupation”, and called it “one link in a chain of links to Judaize Jerusalem and displace its indigenous people for the interest of settlers, in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, particularly Article 47.”

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