EU condemns Israel's refugee camp demolitions, settlement expansion in East Jerusalem
Ahmad Gharabli (AFP)
The European Union condemned the Israeli demolition of Palestinian commercial buildings in the Shuafat refugee camp and continued settlement expansion in statement released Saturday.
The EU denounced Jerusalem municipality plans for some 800 new housing units in the Israeli settlements of Ramat Shlomo and Ramot in East Jerusalem as well as the advancing legal proceedings that could lead to the eviction of up to 700 Palestinians living in the Silwan neighborhood.
“The European Union is strongly opposed to Israel's settlement policy, illegal under international law, and actions taken in that context, such as forced transfers, evictions and demolitions. The EU expects the Israeli authorities to reconsider and reverse these decisions,” the statement from EU Spokesperson Maja Kocijancic read.
Last Wednesday, Israel demolished 21 shops, businesses and petrol stations they said were built illegally in Jerusalem’s Shuafat refugee camp.
The demolitions were condemned by Palestinians who say it is nearly impossible for residents in East Jerusalem and parts of the West Bank to obtain the required building permits from Israeli authorities.
Also on Wednesday, the Israeli High Court of Justice ruled that the Ateret Cohanim settlement organization can continue with legal proceedings that would evict 700 Palestinians from East Jerusalem’s Silwan neighborhood.
Palestinian families of the neighborhood are waging a legal battle to stop their eviction by the organization which was given control over the homes of 70 Palestinian families in a decision approved by the Jerusalem District Court in 2001.
“The policy of settlement construction and expansion in East Jerusalem continues to undermine the possibility of a viable two-state solution, with Jerusalem as the future capital of both states, which is the only realistic way to achieve a just and lasting peace” the EU statement said.
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This Palestinians can go and camp in Saudi Arabia where Allah have the oils and the money and big land Sahara desert can fits all the Muslims refugees in the Middle East. The oils in the gulfs Arabia Countries for all the Muslims in the world not only for the dictatorship of rush Arab. Give Kuwait to the Palestinians they will be the happiest on earth.
Israel have all the right to build settlements in the promised land. How don’t like it can drink the Mediterranean Sea.