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PA PM: We will treat all of the territories as area A

Official PA TV News, on PA Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh meeting with the leadership council of Wadi Al-Hummus where Israel recently demolished illegal buildings – see note below


Official PA TV newsreader: “Palestinian [PA] Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh:Israel no longer respects any signed agreement, and it treats all of the territories and [their] classifications as Area C (i.e., land under full Israeli administration according to the Oslo Accords). Therefore, we will treat all of the territories as Area A (i.e., land under full PA administration according to the Oslo Accords).’ Shtayyeh said this while meeting with the committee to defend the Wadi Al-Hummus neighborhood in the village of Sur Baher (i.e., a predominantly Arab neighborhood of Jerusalem).”


Demolition of illegal buildings in Wadi Al-Hummus, Jerusalem – Israeli authorities demolished a number of Arab structures on July 22, 2019 that were illegally built adjacent to the security fence in the Wadi Al-Hummus area of Jerusalem's Sur Baher neighborhood. While the original path of the security fence was planned to leave the area where the structures were built on its eastern side, contiguous with other areas under PA administrative control, the path was changed at the request of the Palestinians. The demolished structures did not exist when the security fence was built (2004-2005), and they were built in breach of a specific security based prohibition. The process to demolish the structures was initiated in 2011, and in accordance with Israeli law and practice the persons affected by the demolitions were afforded every right to challenge the demolition orders, including petitioning the Israeli Supreme Court. In a detailed decision handed down on June 11, 2019, the Israeli Supreme Court approved the demolition orders.