10 European Nations Call on Israel to Stop Demolishing Palestinian Homes

10 European countries have urged Israel to stop the demolition of Palestinian homes in the West Bank.

In a joint statement that was published on May 28, 2023, the consulates general of Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and Sweden in addition to the Office of the European Union Representative to the West Bank and Gaza Strip, called on Israel to stop “all confiscations and demolitions” in the West Bank.

They also called on Israel to grant full access to humanitarian organizations in the West Bank.

The statement pressed Israel to “return or compensate for all humanitarian items funded by the consortium of donors,” referring to Israel’s demolition of buildings that the EU funded. 

The countries “strongly condemned the recent demolition of the donor-funded school in Jubbet Adh Dhib” and manifested “their grave concern about the threatened demolition of another 57 schools in the West Bank.”

The EU has repeatedly condemned the Israeli demolition of EU-funded schools across the West Bank.

The Israeli state argues that the homes it demolishes were allegedly built without going through the conventional permit process. Curiously, Press TV reported that the Israeli state “rarely, if ever, approves such permits for Palestinians.”

Israel has gained notoriety for repeatedly occupying thousands of dunums of Palestinian agricultural land to build and expand settler units across the West Bank.

The international community generally views the Israeli settlements as a violation of international law and the Geneva Conventions due to their construction on the occupied territories.

Hundreds of settlements have been built in the West Bank after Israel’s victory in the xxx war, where it subsequently occupied the territory. 

In recent months, Israel has dialed up attacks on Palestinian towns and cities across the occupied territories. These attacks have resulted in the deaths of dozens of Palestinians while many others have been arrested by Israeli authorities.

Ultimately, the Israeli-Palestinian ethnic conflict is something that these two parties should sort out among themselves. The United States should do everything possible to extricate itself from this conflict and cut off all aid to Israel. There’s no reason for the US to continue getting ensnared in this heated internal conflict.

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