Turkey condemns Israel’s land confiscation in West Bank

Turkish foreign ministry condemns Israel’s latest decision to seize land in occupied West Bank

Photo by: AP (Archive )
Photo by: AP (Archive )

Construction of a new housing development continues in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Beitar Illit, Sept. 15, 2010.

The Turkish foreign ministry strongly condemned Israel’s latest decision to confiscate land near the Palestinian city of Jericho, located in the occupied West Bank, in an official statement released online on Wednesday.

The statement said that Israel’s decisions to expand its illegal settlement areas has no validity.

The confiscation of the land would be the largest since August 2014, and larger than the 380 acre area that Israel said it planned to seize in January.

A worker walks in a construction site of a new housing development in the Jewish West Bank settlement of Kochav Hashachar, Nov. 18, 2010.

The ministry’s condemnation came as the United Nations urged Israel to halt and reverse its illegal land appropriation in the West Bank, calling the latest seizure an “impediment to the two-State solution.”

Turkish foreign ministry said that “Israel must stop its actions that undermine international efforts to reach a two-state solution which is the only way to bring peace in the region.”

Germany, France and the United Kingdom also criticised Israel's decision to appropriate large tracts of land, saying the move violated international law and contradicted a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The illegal settlements in the West Bank were first built by Israel in 1976. Under the government of Benjamin Netanyahu, a number of settlements in occupied East Jerusalem has seen great expansion since 2009.

Approximately 400,000 Jewish settlers live in the West Bank in settlements that are largely condemned by international community.

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