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U.N. Criticizes Israel’s Illegal Settlement Activities, Will the Occupation of Palestine Ever End?

Speaking at the United Nations Security Council, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon criticized Israel’s settlement activities, calling them “provocative acts” and an “affront to the Palestinian people, and to the worldwide community.

He added that this act raises questions on the nation’s commitment to a two-state solution amid the growing Palestinian frustration over the nearly 50 years of Israeli military rule.

The criticism comes after the announcement of Israel’s new plans for Jewish settlements in the West Bank. The new plan includes appropriating a large area of fertile land near Jordan, which is in an area where Israel already has many settlement farms.

Watch AJ+ explain Israeli settlements:

The Palestinians want an independent state in the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, which are areas Israel captured in the 1967 war. The last round of peace talks broke down in April 2014, and in recent months there has been a surge in violence.

Ban said that he was “deeply troubled” with the reports of the Israeli government declaring 370 acres as state land, on which they will build more than 150 new homes in “illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank.”

Ban said at the United Nations Security Council meeting on the Middle East:

During his address Ban called on Israel to freeze building in the settlements, and to apply justice equally for Israelis and Palestinians.

The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, dismissed Ban’s remarks, saying that they only “bolster terrorism.”

Watch PressTV News Videos report on the Israeli settlements:


The U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Samantha Power, said that Washington was strongly opposed to the settlement activity, saying:

Riyad Mansour, the chief Palestinian delegate for the U.N., called on the Security Council to take action against Israeli settlements, saying:

Israeli Ambassador to the U.N., Danny Danon, said that the body has been hypocritical when it comes to Israel, and has ignored Palestinian incitement.

According to The New York Times:

According to If Americans Knew, at least 11,671 Israelis and 86,974 Palestinians have been injured, and 1,217 Israelis and at least 9,271 Palestinians have being killed since September 29, 2000.

According to Haaretz:

The Israel-Palestine conflict explained by Vox:

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Troy Oakes
Troy was born and raised in Australia and has always wanted to know why and how things work, which led him to his love for science. He is a professional photographer and enjoys taking pictures of Australia's beautiful landscapes. He is also a professional storm chaser where he currently lives in Hervey Bay, Australia.

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