Palestinians hail UN call for end to Israeli settlements

The Palestine Liberation Organisation lauded on Tuesday UN condemnation of Israeli settlement building, but slammed the US position on human rights "violations" by the Jewish state.

"On behalf of the Palestinian people and leadership, I would like to express great appreciation and gratitude" to the UN's Human Rights Council, PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi said.

"We appreciate your support and value your courage to stand behind your convictions."

The UNHRC presented a report to diplomats this month that said Israel must immediately begin withdrawing its settlers from the Palestinian territories. The body also passed resolutions slamming settlement building and alleged abuses against Palestinians, all of which the US voted against.

"The United States once again demonstrated a total disregard for Palestinian rights and the requirements of peace," he said.

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