EU to adopt restrictive measures against Israel for demolition of funded Palestinian structures

Ahram Online , Wednesday 11 Jan 2023

The European Union said on Wednesday, that in light of Israel’s demolition of EU-funded structures in the occupied West Bank, it is considering adopting restrictive measures against Israel, Wafa news agency reported.

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EU-funded structures in Masafer Yatta in the occupied West Bank demolished by Israel. Wafa News agency


"The EU has consistently reiterated its strong opposition to Israel's settlement policy and illegal actions taken in this context. It has repeatedly reminded Israel of the need to meet its obligations under international law, and especially international humanitarian law, towards the Palestinian population in the occupied West Bank, including in Area C and East Jerusalem. Moreover, the EU is engaging in public advocacy that includes frequent visits of various sites in the occupied Palestinian territory by the EU and its Member States representatives," EU said in a statement.

Adding, "the Commission is keeping track of all demolitions and confiscations of donor-funded structures, including EU-funded assets and the related financial damage."

"The EU continues to use a variety of diplomatic and political channels in order to enhance its stance and the effectiveness of the overall EU support," the statement read.

In July and August 2022, the Israeli authorities demolished, seized or forced people to demolish 202 Palestinian-owned structures across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Twenty-nine (29) of these had been provided as donor-funded humanitarian aid. 

As a result, 216 people, including 105 children, were displaced, and the livelihoods or access to services of over 1,200 others were affected. 

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