Spain, Germany, France and Italy express concern over new settlements and eviction and demolition plans in East Jerusalem

News - 19.1.2022

The new housing will further disconnect the West Bank from East Jerusalem and pose an additional obstacle to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We therefore urge the Israeli authorities to reverse the decision.

Such a decision represents a direct threat to the viability of a future Palestinian state. Israeli settlements are a flagrant violation of international law and stand in the way of a just, lasting and comprehensive peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

We are also deeply concerned about recent events in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah. We urge the Israeli government to permanently halt the eviction and demolition procedures in East Jerusalem, as well as in Area C, which contribute to fuelling tensions in the area.

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