Number of Israeli Settlers’ in West Bank Up by 32% in 2013

RAMALLAH, December 16, 2014 (WAFA) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Tuesday said that by 2013, the number of settlers in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem increased by 32%, making settlement activities an obstacle to peace and negotiations.

The ministry described the Israeli Government of PM Benjamin Netanyahu as the “government of occupation and settlement,” holding it responsible for the current peace impasse.

It called on the international community to hold Israel responsible for violating international legitimacy resolutions, including the Geneva Conventions.

Earlier today, Jewish fanatics broke into al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem, provoking worshipers who chanted religious slogans in defiance of the settlers’ violation of the holy site. Minutes later, the settlers were forced out of the Mosque.

The site has been the center of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The Mosque, under Jordanian custody since 1949, is revered by Muslims as the third holiest place, while Jews refer to the site as the “Temple Mount,” and believe the area is the site of two Jewish temples that had been destroyed in the pre-Christ period.

No evidence to the Israeli allegations has been found so far despite recurrent Israeli excavations beneath the Mosque, which endanger the structure as a whole.