Palestinian laborers work on a construction site in the east Jerusalem settlement of Ramat Shlomo, on December 18, 2012
Palestinian laborers work on a construction site in the east Jerusalem settlement of Ramat Shlomo, on December 18, 2012. The United Nations has called on Israel to cancel plans to build thousands of new settler homes in the occupied Palestinian territories, warning it could be "an almost fatal blow" to peace hopes. © Ahmad Gharabli - AFP
Palestinian laborers work on a construction site in the east Jerusalem settlement of Ramat Shlomo, on December 18, 2012
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Last updated: December 19, 2012

UN calls on Israel to cancel new settlements

The United Nations on Wednesday called on Israel to cancel plans to build thousands of new settler homes in the occupied Palestinian territories, warning it could be "an almost fatal blow" to peace hopes.

UN leader Ban Ki-moon's political chief also told the UN Security Council that Israel must resume the transfer of frozen tax and customs money to the struggling Palestinian Authority "without delay."

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