Hamad warns construction of wall around Jerusalem 'dangerous'
Published Friday 06/07/2012 (updated) 07/07/2012 23:17
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israel's plans to resume building its separation wall around Jerusalem signal plans to complete the "judaization" of the holy city, a Fatah central committee member warned Thursday.
Amal Hamad said the move was Israel's "most dangerous action" since it occupied the West Bank and Gaza in 1967.
"The role of the apartheid wall around Jerusalem is to facilitate the annexation of settlement blocs" Hamad said in a statement.
She said Palestinian factions must accelerate reconciliation as the only way to respond to Israeli violations.
At an Israeli court hearing on Thursday, the head of Israel's administration for building the wall Ofer Hindi said construction would resume around Gush Etzion in the coming weeks, after a five-year freeze, the Israeli news site Ynet reported. In 2013, building will resume around Maale Adumin, he added.
In 2004, the International Court of Justice ruled Israel's wall illegal and said it should be dismantled. Israel started building the wall in 2002, citing security concerns, but its route does not follow the 1967 border and in places runs deep inside the West Bank.
Palestinians seek East Jerusalem as the capital of their promised state. Israel unilaterally annexed East Jerusalem in 1967, a move never recognized by the international community.