GAZA, (PIC)-- Dr. Ahmed Bahar, the first deputy speaker of the Palestinian legislative council, has condemned the Israeli occupation authority's (IOA) decision defining Jerusalem as a national priority area of the first order.
He warned in a press release on Monday that such a step signals a serious leap in judaization and settlement activity in the holy city.
He said that the Israeli decision targets emptying the city of its indigenous inhabitants and finalizing its judaization in the upcoming stage.
The racist decision grants Israelis housing privileges and exemption of taxes, which would lead to a demographic change in favor of the Israeli settlers, Bahar underlined.
The deputy speaker expressed surprise at the negative stance of the PA in Ramallah towards such a new development, urging Mahmoud Abbas, the de facto Palestinian president, to adopt a real and strategic decision halting negotiations and security coordination with the IOA.
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