The Office of the European Union Representative
(West Bank and Gaza Strip, UNRWA)

Israel/Palestine: Statement by the Spokesperson on settlement expansion and the situation in East Jerusalem

Brussels, 05/05/2021 - 21:40, UNIQUE ID: 210505_13
Statements by the Spokesperson

Israeli authorities have recently announced intention to construct 540 new housing units in Har Homa E. 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 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 renews its call on the Israeli government to halt settlement construction and to reverse these latest decisions as a matter of urgency.

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 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.