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Latin American countries are concerned about illegal Israeli settlements

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Several countries in Latin America have expressed concern over Israel’s decision to expand illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico said on Friday they were “deeply concerned” by Israel’s decision to expand settlements in the West Bank.

“Our government expresses its opposition to any action that harms the capacity of the two-state solution,” they said in a joint statement, noting that Israel’s move violates international law, and called on both sides to resume talks and refrain from escalating violence.

The Palestinians accuse Israel of working systematically to Judaize East Jerusalem, where Al-Aqsa is located, and to obliterate its Arab and Islamic identity.

For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the third holiest site in the world. For their part, Jews call the area the Temple Mount, saying that it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. It annexed the entire city in 1980, in a move not recognized by the international community.

Under international law, all Jewish settlements in the occupied territories are illegal.

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