Hamas: Ongoing settlement exposes falsehood of normalizing countries claim

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The Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, said that the persistence of the Israeli settlement policy in the West Bank reveals again the false claims of the parties that signed normalization agreements with Israel regarding the cessation of the annexation scheme.

Hazem Qasem, Hamas’s spokesman, stated in a written statement on Wednesday that these allegations were meant to mislead the Arab public opinion and to cover up the crime of normalization.
Abdullah bin Zayed, the UAE Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, claimed that his country was able to freeze the Israeli annexation plan and open new horizons for a comprehensive peace in the region by signing what he called “a historic peace treaty with Israel”.

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Qasem underlined that what was revealed by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) that the Israeli occupation had demolished 506 buildings in the West Bank in the current year so far, confirms the Israeli occupation’s implementation of the ethnic cleansing policy against the Palestinian people, disregarding all international and humanitarian laws and norms.

The OCHA reported on Tuesday that the Israeli occupation authorities had demolished more than 506 Palestinian buildings in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem since the beginning of this year 2020 under the pretext of unauthorized construction.

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The Israeli occupation authorities claim that the demolition orders were issued because of the lack of building permits. However, obtaining such permits is almost impossible for the Palestinians due to the IOA restrictive and discriminatory planning system which leaves Palestinian citizens with no choice but to build without a permit.

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