Israel demolishes E.U. funded residential buildings
An EU official says the Israeli government has razed down several humanitarian residential units funded by the European Union in the occupied West Bank.
“On April 9, three of some 18 residential structures were demolished ... in Jabal al-Baba” near al-Quds (near Jerusalem), said a spokesman for the EU’s delegation to the Palestinian territories, whose name was not mentioned in the report, on Friday.
The official added the residential units were “partially funded by EU member states.”
He said Tel Aviv ordered demolition of all 18 structures in February and EU delegates “raised this with the Israeli authorities” both at that time of and after the demolitions.
EurActiv, a Brussels-based news service, quoted diplomats as saying that the EU “should ask for compensation from Israel whenever EU-funded humanitarian aid projects are destroyed.”
Israel has already been under fire for demolishing Palestinian homes. Israeli authorities claim they destroy houses which have been built without permission.
Rights activists, however, reject the claims, saying the demolitions are part of an ethnic cleansing campaign against Palestinians.
The Israeli Committee against House Demolitions says Israel has demolished at least 27,000 Palestinian homes and structures since occupying the West Bank in 1967.