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RAMALLAH, West Bank, (AP) – A senior Palestinian official says the U.S. should be ashamed over its veto of a U.N. resolution condemning Israeli settlement construction.

Nabil Shaath, a top presidential aide, says Friday’s vote “proved that Israel is isolated internationally and is only protected by the American veto.”

The Security Council voted 14-0 in favor of the resolution, but the U.S. used its veto power to reject the measure.

The Palestinians have refused to reopen peace talks with Israel while the Israelis continue to build settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. The Palestinians claim both occupied areas as parts of a future state.

Shaath said Sunday that the Palestinians plan “large demonstrations” throughout the West Bank on Friday to express their anger at the U.S.