EU Diplomats visit communities facing demolition and displacement threat in the Jerusalem periphery

October 25, 2016
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A group of EU diplomats based in Jerusalem and Ramallah, including some Heads of Mission, visited on Monday 24 October communities facing the threat of demolition and displacement in the Jerusalem periphery. During the visit, the group met with community leaders who briefed them about demolitions taking place in their communities, including of the local schools. 
The objective of this field trip was to gain a first-hand impression of the coercive environment these communities find themselves in, to be informed of recent developments, to demonstrate concern at the humanitarian impact of any demolitions and forced transfer of population, and to express the EU’s commitment to a sustainable future for the Palestinian communities in Area C.
In the Council Conclusions on the Middle East Peace Process of 18 January 2016, the EU reiterated its strong opposition to Israel’s settlement policy and actions taken in this context, such as building the separation barrier beyond the 1967 line, demolitions and confiscation – including of EU funded projects – evictions, forced transfers including of Bedouins, illegal outposts and restrictions of movement and access. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
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  • Israel
  • Palestine *