The European Union accused the Zionist entity of fueling tensions with its actions in east Al-Quds (Jerusalem) this week— both its advancement of a new settler units and the demolition of two Palestinian homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.
“Settlement expansion, demolitions and evictions are illegal under international law,” the European Union said in a statement it released on Thursday.
“They exacerbate tensions, threaten the viability of the two-state solution and diminish prospects for a lasting peace,” it added.
Israeli occupation police demolished two Palestinian houses belong to Salhia family in Al-Quds on Wednesday, leaving the family members homeless.
Earlier on Monday, Israeli occupation authorities advanced plans for 1,450 Zionist settler units in the occupied Al-Quds.
France, Germany, Spain and Italy joint issued a separate statement. Separately France also published a joint statement with Ireland and Estonia on the matter.
“The new housing units would further disconnect the West Bank from East Jerusalem and constitute an additional obstacle to the two-state solution. We urge the Israeli authorities to reverse this decision,” the four countries stated.
France and Ireland are the two EU members of the security council and Estonia is a former member.
The trio warned that the project “will further undermine territorial contiguity of a future Palestinian State.”
Both issues also came up when the UN Security Council held its monthly debate on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in New York on Wednesday.
Source: Israeli media (edited by Al-Manar English Website)