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Palestinian Bedouin students return from school to their homes near the Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim in the West Bank village of Al-Eizariya, east of Jerusalem, March 1, 2016 REUTERS / Ammar Awad

Ramallah-The Palestinian Authority called on the United Nations Security Council to take international preventive measures to stop Israeli settlement activities in the Palestinian territories.

The Palestinian Authority also urged the Security Council to send an international delegation to report on the continued Israeli violations of the Palestinian territories.

The Palestinian foreign affairs ministry called upon the UNSC to send a delegation to get information about what it described as “Israel’s theft and Judaization of Palestinian land,” including continuing settlement activities.

These calls came amid reports that multiple Israeli settler organizations were seeking to market plots of land that will be allotted to the construction of a new settlement neighborhood in east of Jerusalem.

The foreign ministry said in a statement that a settlement project had been approved by the Israeli government in 1984, but has since been delayed for legal reasons.

The ministry also called on the upcoming Arab League Ministerial Council to exert all possible efforts to prevent further Israeli settlements.

The Palestinian Authority stressed that illegal Israeli settlement expansion would hamper any attempt to reach peace in the Middle East.

It added that the Israeli government’s position towards a U.N. report, which emphasizes the illegality of settlement activities, is seen as proof of this government’s real intentions towards a peace process and an attack against international law.