Palestinian officials and activists on Tuesday criticized Israel’s recent move to restrict the construction of Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank, saying the move was “perverse” and “disproportionate.”
The move, which is set to come into force next week, has sparked widespread condemnation by Palestinians and sparked anger among Israel’s right wing and Jewish settlers, who accuse the government of being behind the move.
Speaking at a press conference, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said it was not possible for Israel to build in the Palestinian territories because it had been a “colonial project” that had created conditions in the area that were “perversely and discriminatorily discriminatory.”
He added that Palestinians should “never be in a position of discrimination and injustice” as a result of the decision to build.
“There is no place in the world for such discrimination, as the occupation, which has been a colonial project that has created conditions that are perversely and discriminatoryly discriminatory,” he said.
Abbas also urged Israel to reverse the decision and instead build homes in areas where the Palestinians have an economic presence, and to allow them to use Israeli construction materials and to have the building of new structures.
In a press statement, the PLO called the decision “unjust” and said it would not be implemented without a full, independent international investigation.
The Palestinian Authority is in charge of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
The West Bank is controlled by Israel and Gaza by the Palestinian Authority.
The announcement comes amid escalating tensions between Israel and the Palestinians over the construction in the West’s East Jerusalem and the occupied Gaza Strip of Jewish homes and other buildings that Palestinians claim are built illegally on Palestinian lands.
Palestinians say the building in East Jerusalem is illegal under international law, and say that the Israeli government’s settlement expansion in the region is illegal.
Palestians also accuse Israel of the “occupation” of East Jerusalem, which Israel claims as its capital.
Israel disputes that claim and says it has never occupied East Jerusalem.
Israel’s foreign ministry says that while there is a “clear and growing” demand by Palestinians for East Jerusalem as its new capital, there are no plans to annex it, or build settlements in the city.
Israel says the two settlements will not affect its security, but the Palestinians say they will have to relocate to West Jerusalem in order to avoid such a move.