PA Official: Stop the ‘Settlements’ or Face More Violence

June 11, 2015  

An official in the Palestinian Authority (PA) on Wednesday threatened Israel with violence if it continues its “settlement building”.

Walid Assaf, who heads the PA’s “Commission Against the Wall and Settlements”, warned against what he described as “settlement plans more serious than can be described in words.”

“We are witnessing today the beginning of a settlement campaign in all Palestinian lands starting from the village of Sussia, through the valley east of occupied Al-Quds and ending in the east of Tubas, in order to establish a connection between the settlement blocs and draw the final map of settlements,” he said.

“The plans of the Israeli settlement expansion over the next four years have brought us to a full understanding that the situation does not leave the possibility of a diplomatic solution based on the two-state solution,” continued Assaf.

He then stressed that there will be no return to negotiations without cessation of the “settlement building” and a date to end the “occupation” and threatened that if the diplomatic process fails to bring an end to the “settlement”, we will be witness to “widespread popular activity” to stop it.

The comments come as the PA prepares to submit a lawsuit against Israel at the  International Criminal Court (ICC).

On April 1 the PA joined the ICC in The Hague in breach of the 1993 Oslo Accords which formed the PA, seeking to use the court to attack Israel and accuse it of “war crimes”. However, the move also opened up the PA and those living under it to lawsuits at the court, such as terrorists of the leading Fatah faction who fired rockets at Israeli citizens in Hamas’s terror war last summer.

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