Turkey slams illegal Israeli settlement in E Jerusalem
"Israel's continuation of its illegal settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories even during the holy month of Ramadan is the latest example of its inhumane approach," the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
The ministry said Israel continued to hijack the rights of the Palestinian people by approving the construction of over 800 additional settlement units in occupied East Jerusalem, which we recognize as the capital of the State of Palestine.
It stressed that Israel disregards fundamental human rights and international law with its actions.
"In Palestine, we will never accept history to be rewritten, justice to be exchanged in return for economic interest and dignity and legitimacy to be ignored. We will always continue supporting our Palestinian brothers and sisters and the just cause of Palestine," it said.
Israel occupied the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. International law views the entire West Bank as “occupied territory” and considers all Israeli settlement building there as illegal.
The Palestinians, for their part, want both these territories -- along with the Gaza Strip -- for the establishment of a future Palestinian state.