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Press Release – EU Illegal Building in Jerusalem and its surrounds

NEW REPORT SHOWS EUROPEAN UNION IS ACTIVELY BUILDING ILLEGAL PALESTINIAN SETTLEMENTS IN CONTRADICTION WITH THE OSLO ACCORDS

 

MILLIONS OF EUROS BEING PUMPED INTO BOLSTERING PALESTINIAN PRESENCE IN AREA C

 

JERUSALEM, According to a new Regavim report; the European Union is actively building Palestinian settlements in Jerusalem and across Area C of Judea & Samaria, which according to the Oslo Accords is under full Israeli control. This demonstrates a clear change in policy from passive support to active building on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and to the detriment of Israel. The EU has allocated hundreds of millions of Euros into Palestinian Arab projects in the contested area. Close to five hundred buildings across the Area C have been placed by the European Union, many of which publicly fly or display EU flags.

 

The twenty-page expose consolidates months of field research that includes aerial and land photography, official European budget reports and testimonies of local residents. It shows evidence of EU employees placing hundreds of pre-fabricated housing units to bolster Palestinian presence in the area. In addition to evidence that Palestinians are being encouraged to move from their homes in Areas A and B to reside as settlers in these new outposts. Aside from the political implications of the report, total disregard for the environment is also showcased with EU employees using heavy drilling equipment to erect illegal water wells that endanger recognised nature reserves

 

“The European Union has crossed all the lines of diplomacy to actively perform land grabs on behalf of the PA and act as a thorn in the side of Israel” said Ari Briggs, international director of Regavim. “Instead of focusing on peace they have decided to build illegal Palestinian Arab settlements while going out of their way to condemn every Jewish brick placed in the same area, this is pure hypocrisy” he added.

Regavim, a research think-tank and advocacy organization, is dedicated to ensuring responsible, legal and accountable use of Israel’s national land. By investigating building claims on the ground level, Regavim protects national land interests, presenting its findings in the form of white papers and legal action, in addition to briefing the press and diplomatic corps.

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