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      PLO Wants to Turn to International Courts

      Palestinian foreign minister on Thursday denounced Israeli plans to build hundreds of new homes in Jerusalem.
      By Gil Ronen
      First Publish: 11/1/2013, 2:42 AM

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      Palestinian Authority (PA) foreign minister Riyad al-Malki on Thursday denounced Israeli plans to build hundreds of new homes in Jerusalem, threatening to pursue international legal action in response.

      Israel announced on Wednesday it would build 1,500 new homes in Jerusalem, immediately after the Jewish state released 26 long-serving Palestinian terrorist prisoners in line with its commitments to US-backed peace talks.

      The foreign ministry is seriously looking at turning immediately to international courts and organizations, and filing the necessary complaints in order to stop settlement building," Malki said.

      He condemned "plans approved by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for settlement building, and Netanyahu's attempts to link the settlement issue with the prisoners issue."

      PLO chiefs convened later on Thursday in Ramallah, in a session chaired by chairman Mahmud Abbas.

      "The Palestinian leadership will take a number of steps in the next few days to face the settlement offensive," the Palestine Liberation Organization's executive said after the meeting.