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Today, the EU Heads of Missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah visited the Sabbagh family, who is under threat of eviction from their home in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in East Jerusalem.

On 15 November 2018, Israel's Supreme Court dismissed a final appeal against the eviction of the Sabbagh family.

The EU Heads of Mission met with members of the family who briefed the visiting diplomats on the current status of their case. If the eviction is carried out, it would amount to the displacement of around 32 members of the Sabbagh family, including 6 children.

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The European Union Representative issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in Jerusalem and Ramallah.

The EU missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah have noted the dissolution of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) in December 2018 and the announcement of legislative elections within 6 months.

The European Union Representative Ralph Tarraf and the Italian Consul General Fabio Sokolowicz  joined Red Noses Palestine to visit patients at Augusta Victoria hospital and celebrate the holiday season. The visit concurred with a new contribution of €14 million to support East Jerusalem Hospitals in maintaining critical medical services to Palestinians. This contribution is funded by the EU (€13 million) and the Government of Italy (€1 million).

 

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The European Union Representative issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in Jerusalem and Ramallah.

 

The EU missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah express strong concern about the dismantling by the Israeli authorities of a PA built school, serving 40 Palestinian schoolchildren from the first to the sixth grade in As Simiya, in Area C in the Southern West Bank, on 5 December.

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The Call for proposals for the EU Peacebuilding Initiative (EUPI) 2018-2019 has been published - ref. no. EuropeAid/162124/DD/ACT/Multi.

Deadline for submission of concept notes:  18 February 2019 at 15h00 (Brussels time).

All necessary information including the Guidelines for applicants are available on the following website:

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The candidacy of Ms Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle for the post of Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation, was submitted in Rome on Monday 17 December 2018. The next Director General will be elected by the 194 Member States of the Organisation during its 41st Conference in June 2019. Ms Geslain-Lanéelle from France was identified as the EU candidate by the Council of the European Union on 15 October 2018.

The Resource Booklet aims to serve Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) working in the field of Human
Rights (HR), as well as their employees, and all those who work in human rights by providing
resource information that is relevant and can facilitate their work. The resource booklet was prepared
based on literature review, interviews and visits. The criteria were set for choosing relevant
Best Practices, which were used in the interviews and communications with the CSO. The research

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The European Union, Finland and Spain made a contribution of €12.6 million to the Palestinian Authority payment of social allowances to poor families in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The payments provided by the EU, Finland and Spain (€10 million from EU, €1.6 million from Finland and €1 million from Spain) will cover the social allowances of around 62,000 families of which 80% live in the Gaza Strip.

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