Six-Month Report on Demolitions and Confiscations of EU funded structures in the West Bank including East Jerusalem (January-June 2018)
August 24, 2018
From January to June 2018 over 197 Palestinian owned structures were impacted by demolition, seizure, sealing off, or eviction, a 22% decline compared to the similar period in 2017. Almost half of the incidents took place in East Jerusalem. As a result of the demolitions, 176 Palestinians including 70 children were displaced.
Of the structures (such as classrooms and residences) targeted over the six month reporting period, 26 structures were funded by the EU or EU Member States for a value of €60,963. This represents more than a 50% decline in the number of EU funded structures targeted compared to the same period of 2017 (57 structures).
Moreover, 36 schools in Area C1 and eight schools in East Jerusalem have pending demolition or “stop work” orders and face the risk of full or partial demolition due to lack of building permits. Nearly half or these schools have received EU or Member State funding. Two Demolitions of the schools would severely impact on Palestinian children’s right to education.