Heads of Mission of EU and likeminded countries visit Wadi Qaddoum in East Jerusalem

June 8, 2022
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EU and the Palestinians

Heads of Mission and representatives from the EU and likeminded countries visited residents in Wadi Qaddoum, part of Silwan in East Jerusalem, where 74 Palestinians are at risk of imminent displacement.

The visit was jointly organized by the Israeli NGOs Ir Amim and Bimkom and was also joined by UN OCHA. The diplomats were briefed about the increasingly coercive environment facing residents in East Jerusalem who by large do not enjoy the right to adequate urban planning and residential development leaving approximately 74 Palestinians, including 42 children, Palestinians at risk of displacement. In East Jerusalem, it is virtually impossible for Palestinians to acquire the needed building permits.

The diplomats met with residents of the four-story residential building at risk of imminent displacement. They told of their long struggle to promote a re-zoning spot plan with Israeli Authorities that could eventually grant them a building permit, but how they were now instead faced with an imminent eviction order. Diplomats were also reminded that from the start of 2022 until today, 75 demolitions have been carried out in East Jerusalem alone on the basis of lacking a building permit.

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