EU calls for calm amid escalating violence in Jerusalem and West Bank

July 24, 2017
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The latest developments in and around the Old City of Jerusalem and in the West Bank pose a real risk of further escalation, the EU has warned, after three Palestinians were killed during violent clashes with Israeli security forces, and three Israelis were murdered by a young Palestinian on Friday.

“It is now vital that all political, religious and community leaders act responsibly, restore calm and avoid any steps or rhetoric that could further increase tensions. Continued cooperation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority is crucially important to prevent further violence and loss of life,” the EU said in a statement.

The EU called on Israel and Jordan to work together to find solutions that ensure security for all, respect the sanctity of the holy site and uphold the status quo, noting the special role of the Hashemite Kingdom as recognised in its peace treaty with Israel.


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EU statement

EU Technical Office in Jerusalem

EU Delegation to Israel

Countries covered:

  • Israel
  • Palestine *
Human Rights