The governments of Germany, France, Britain, Spain, Belgium, and Poland have all strongly condemned Israel for its demolition of Palestinian homes near Jerusalem.
Following a council meeting on the Middle East, the European governments released a joint statement which said: “We as member states of the European Union strongly condemn the demolition by Israel of Palestinian buildings in the district of Wadi al Hummus, in the south east of Jerusalem,” reported the Anadolu Agency and the Agence France-Presse.
“In all but the most exceptional of circumstances, demolition in occupied territories is contrary to International Humanitarian Law and to UNSC resolutions,” the statement continued.
Palestinians and is harmful to the peace process.”
The statement follows an announcement made by the Israeli on Tuesday which stated that twelve Palestinian buildings which it considers to have been illegally constructed were demolished on Monday.
The Israeli government contends that the homes were built too close to the separation barrier which divides the occupied West Bank from Israeli territory, posing a security risk. Israel’s supreme court approved the demolitions.
The EU countries have described the demolitions as “particularly egregious”.
The statement noted that under the Oslo Accords of the 1990s, several of the buildings that were destroyed were located in areas meant to be under the Palestinian Authority’s civilian control.
The statement also calls out the Israeli government for setting a “dangerous precedent that directly jeopardizes the two state solution”.
The United Nation’s preliminary assessment found that 24 people have been displaced by Monday’s demolition.