JERICHO (Ma'an) -- PLO Chief Negotiator, Saeb Erekat, called on the international community on Friday to demand the Israeli government halt its illegal settlement activity.
Erekat made his demand in reference to the most recent bid to build new illegal settlement units, an order to demolish the Susiya village in southern Hebron the expulsion of Bedouins from the al-Eizariya town in Jerusalem, and the ongoing apartheid policy.
Erekat’s statement came during a meeting with Fernando Gentilini, the EU Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process, delegation of the Human Rights Committee of the European Parliament, the charge d'affaires of the American consul, the Italian consul and the French consul separately.
Erekat added that days after the EU demanded the Israeli government to stop its settlement activity Israel responded with a bid to build 906 settlement units.
He called on the EU to hold the Israeli government accountable for its ongoing actions and policies violating the international law and legitimacy.
Recently, the EU passed a policy implementing labels on products produced in illegal settlements, and also received pressure from a large EU think-tank which released a report urging the EU to begin differentiating between business done with Israel and its illegal settlements.