Israeli committee approves bill prohibiting Jerusalem division in any political settlement

July 16, 2017 Off By Web Desk

Tel Aviv (IINA) � Israel’s Ministerial Committee on Legislation Affairs on Sunday approved a bill that prohibits the division of Jerusalem city in any future peace deal with the Palestinians.

The bill, which was reportedly unanimously approved by the committee, prohibits any division of Jerusalem with the Palestinians unless at least 80 members of the Israeli parliament � the Knesset � vote in favor of such a move.

For his part, Dr. Hanna Issa, secretary general of the Islamic-Christian Commission for Supporting Jerusalem and Holy Sites, stressed that East Jerusalem is an occupied Palestinian land in accordance with the resolutions of international legitimacy, particularly the resolutions of 242 (1967), 338 (1973) and 478 (1980). He pointed out that all the measures of the Israeli occupation in East Jerusalem are null and void, and that Israel must withdraw from the city unconditionally.

Issa, a professor of international law, said Israel has no legal right to any part of East Jerusalem, based on the rules of international law.

Source: International Islamic News Agency