EU reiterates strong opposition to Israeli settlement policy

BRUSSELS, May 19 (KUNA) — The EU condemned on Thursday the Israeli demolition of Palestinian homes and the settlement policy and questioned Israel’s commitment to the two-state solution.
“The regrettable trend of confiscations and demolitions since the beginning of the year, including of EU-funded humanitarian assistance, was confirmed once again this week by demolitions of temporary shelters in Jabal al-Baba, a Bedouin community in the so-called E1 area,” Maja Kocijancic, a spokesperson for EU High Representative Federica Mogherini said in a statement here tonight.
She noted that Bedouin communities in the central West Bank have faced repeated confiscations and demolitions in recent years, as part of the plans which have put them in grave humanitarian need and risk ending in forced transfers.
“The EU is strongly opposed to Israel’s settlement policy and actions taken in this context, including demolitions and confiscations, building the separation barrier beyond the 1967 line, evictions and forced transfers. Such developments in the so-called E1 area call into question Israel’s commitment towards the two-state solution,” added the statement, (end) nk.gb

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