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EU calls on Israeli occupation authorities to halt settlement construction

Brussels (QNN)- The European Commission spokesperson for foreign affairs issues, Peter Stano, said the EU reiterates its position that all settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory are illegal under international law, condemning Israel’s eviction of Palestinians from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem.

The Israeli occupation authorities have recently announced intention to construct 540 new housing units in Har Homa, an illegal Israeli settlement.

“The implementation of these plans, as well as those for Givat Hamatos, would cut off East Jerusalem from Bethlehem and severely undermine future negotiations towards a two-state solution in line with the internationally agreed parameters,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

The spokesperson added, “The EU reiterates its position that all settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory are illegal under international law and the EU will not recognise any changes to the pre-1967 borders, including in Jerusalem, other than those agreed by both sides.”

The EU also renewed its call on the Israeli occupation government to halt settlement construction and to reverse these latest decisions as a matter of urgency.

The spokesperson also said that the increase in evictions and demolitions across the occupied Palestinian territory, notably the evolving situation in Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan, in East Jerusalem, and the possible demolition of structures in the Palestinian village of al-Walajeh, are also alarming.

“Such unilateral actions are illegal under international humanitarian law and only fuel tensions on the ground ,” the spokesperson stated.

He continued, “The Israeli authorities should cease these activities and provide adequate permits for legal construction and development of Palestinian communities.”

“In light of recent developments in Southern Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, the EU reiterates its firm condemnation of violence and calls for calm and restraint from all actors at this sensitive time.”

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