EU publishes report on demolitions and confiscations of EU-funded structures in West Bank and Jerusalem
October 5, 2017
The European Union has published its latest six-month which details the demolitions and confiscations of EU-funded structures in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
The report found a reduction in the destruction and seizure of Palestinian property throughout the occupied West Bank, particularly in Area C compared to 2016. However, such violations in East Jerusalem continued at almost the same high level as last year.
“From March to August 2017, over 150 Palestinian owned structures were impacted by demolition, seizure, sealing off, or eviction throughout the occupied West Bank including East Jerusalem. Almost 60% of the incidents took place in East Jerusalem. This brings the total number of affected structures since the beginning of 2017 to 330, resulting in the displacement of over 500 Palestinians including 290 children,” the report says.
Of the structures (such as classrooms and solar panels) targeted over the 6-month reporting period, 19 structures were funded by the EU or EU Member States for a value of nearly €130,000. This brings the number of EU-funded structures targeted since the beginning of 2017 to 72, constituting 22% of all Palestinian owned structures targeted by the Israeli Authorities, compared to 17% in 2016.