Ma'an News Agency
September 29, 2009 - 12:00am

“What is going on in Jerusalem, the Israeli attacks, is against the International law,” Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad told reporters in Ramallah Tuesday.

“Both Arab and foreign countries must take clear positions to compel Israel to stop its arbitrary practices" he said specifically referring to the clashes that broke out in the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem when extremist Israelis entered the area with armed soldiers on Sunday.

Israeli actions in the holy city are changing its features, Fayyad said, and more restrictions are being put on Palestinians. “This will significantly harm the already faltering peace process, and will only lead to more of frustration and tension,” he said.

“Israel is dealing with the city of Jerusalem on the basis that it is out of the negotiations. This is unacceptable to us and must be rejected by the international community. East Jerusalem is an occupied city like any other occupied Palestinian territory and the international law should be applicable on it as it is an occupied land,” he said.

Fayyad also condemned the recent reports of Israeli settlers distributing leaflets to Palestinian olive farmers, demanding they stay away from their olive groves this October during the harvest. “This threat must be taken seriously,” he said.


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