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Press Release Regarding The The Demolition By Israel Of The Shepherd Hotel In East Jerusalem , 11.01.2011

We strongly condemn the demolition by Israel of the Shepherd Hotel in Sheikh Jarrah quarter of East Jerusalem, for the purpose of constructing new housing units for Jewish settlers, and share the strong reaction of the international community, particularly of Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, to this act of Israel.

This act, which demonstrates that the repeated calls of the international community for ending the settlement activities with a view to finding a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through negotiations are not heeded by Israel, constitutes a serious blow for building the required atmosphere of trust between the parties.

With these kinds of steps, which flagrantly violate the United Nations Security Council Resolutions, Israel further deepens the existing suspicion on its sincerity with regard to peace.

Israel is strongly expected to fulfill its obligations under international law, put an end to its acts aiming to change the status and the fabric of East Jerusalem, and immediately stop the practices that undermine the initiatives for peace in the region.

In this vein, we also call upon the international community to assume its responsibilities at the face of such provocative acts of Israel.