Israel demolishes Palestinian shelters funded by EU

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palestinians on hunger strike ,IsraelIsrael has demolished several European Union-funded humanitarian housing shelters in a highly sensitive strip of West Bank land near Jerusalem, an EU official said Friday.

Israel’s military administration of the occupied Palestinian territories had no comment on the demolitions.

“On April 9, three of some 18 residential structures were demolished… in Jabal al-Baba,” an area outside the sprawling settlement of Maale Adumim, a spokesman for the EU’s delegation to the Palestinian territories said.

The tin huts, used to house Palestinians made homeless by severe winter weather at the beginning of the year, were “partially funded by EU member states,” the official said.

Israel issued demolition orders on all 18 structures in February, the official said, and EU delegates “raised this with the Israeli authorities” both at that time of and after the demolitions.

The EU official said simply that there were ongoing discussions with Israeli authorities over the demolitions, but a report by EurActiv, a Brussels-based news service, said diplomats were demanding financial compensation.

“We should ask for compensation from Israel whenever EU-funded humanitarian aid projects are destroyed,” EurActiv quoted an anonymous diplomat as saying.

The structures were located in E1, a highly contentious area in the West Bank east of Jerusalem.

Israel has been planning construction in E1 since the early 1990s but nothing has ever been built there due to heavy international pressure. Plans for building 1,200 units unveiled in December 2012 were quickly put on the back burner after the announcement triggered a major diplomatic backlash.

The Palestinians say construction in E1 would effectively cut the West Bank in two and prevent the creation of a contiguous Palestinian state.

Naharnet

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8 responses to “Israel demolishes Palestinian shelters funded by EU”

  1. MekensehParty Avatar
    MekensehParty

    Escalation is what dry almonds companies love the most
    too bad popcorn companies reap most of it
    For a healthier TV experience, buy almonds!

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      But they are more expensive. ๐Ÿ™

      1. MekensehParty Avatar
        MekensehParty

        I don’t pay 50% income tax ๐Ÿ˜‰

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar
          5thDrawer

          Ah well .. on pension, they don’t get that much from me either any more. :-)))

        2. 5thDrawer Avatar
          5thDrawer

          Ah well .. on pension, they don’t get that much from me either any more. :-)))

          (Although I can see the creeping American Business-think going on. ‘How can we extract more from the old ‘rich’ people … those bastards have pensions, after all. Should never have allowed that. Especially on top of health care.’)
          (Oh, maybe we can screw up the health-care and make them pay more … get them with the home-heating too.)

  2. MekensehParty Avatar
    MekensehParty

    Escalation is what dry almonds companies love the most
    too bad popcorn companies reap most of it
    For a healthier TV experience, buy almonds!

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      But they are more expensive. ๐Ÿ™

  3. cook2half Avatar
    cook2half

    “The structures were located in E1”

    They perfectly well know that Israel will destroy anything (including Jewish settlements) that is built in the E1 disputed area. So they build without permits when even Jews arent allowed to do that, then complain? really?

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