US should be ashamed: Palestinian official

A Palestinian official says US should be ashamed over its veto of a UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements.

Updated: Feb 20, 2011, 20:26 PM IST

Ramallah: A senior Palestinian
official says the US should be ashamed over its veto of a UN
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 US 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 US.

PTI