The European Union has urged Israel to halt demolitions in occupied East Jerusalem, calling the displacement of Palestinians illegal under international law.
The EU urged Israel not to proceed with its plan to construct 1,450 settlement-housing units between Har Homa and Givat Hamatos, according to a statement issued late Wednesday night by Peter Stano, the lead spokesperson for the bloc’s diplomatic service.
“Settlement expansion, demolitions and evictions are illegal under international law,” he said.
He called the increasing number of demolitions and evictions in the West Bank a “worrying trend,” and stressed that the possibility of further evictions of Palestinian families would fuel tensions.
Israel’s construction plan “would further undermine the possibility of Jerusalem serving as the future capital of both States and to halt all settlement activities,” he added.
The West Bank, including East Jerusalem, is seen as an occupied territory under international law, thus making all Jewish settlements there illegal.
Like much of the international community, the EU does not recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the territories it has occupied since 1967.
Since 2001, the bloc has repeatedly called on Israel to end all settlement activities and to dismantle the already existing ones.