By the PLO Negotiations Affairs Department – 11 January 2011
On January 9, 2011, the Israeli authorities moved forward with a planned demolition of the Shepherd’s Hotel property in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem, in preparation for the establishment of a new Jewish settlement. This latest Israeli action is part of the larger Israeli settlement enterprise aimed at maximizing territorial contiguity for illegal settlements, while incorporating the bare minimum Palestinian population within Jerusalem’s boundaries. It is designed to fragment the Palestinian neighborhoods of Jerusalem and separate them from the Old City and the remainder of the occupied Palestinian territory; and, as a result, preempt any negotiated solution on Jerusalem.
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