The European Union on Friday criticised Israel for demolishing Palestinian homes in occupied Jerusalem, saying in a statement that the demolitions harmed prospects for peace in the region.
“The EU missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah note with grave concern the demolition by Israeli authorities of Palestinian properties in the Wadi Yasul area of the Silwan neighborhood in East Jerusalem on 17 April 2019,” a statement from the EU said.
“The policy of settlement construction and expansion, including in East Jerusalem, is illegal under international law, and its continuation undermines the viability of the two-state solution and the prospect for a lasting peace,” the statement said.
EU representatives called on Israeli authorities to reconsider pending demolition orders for Palestinian properties in the area.
The statement pertains to the destruction of dozens of structures which Israel said were built illegally, according to Channel 13 news.
It is worth noting that Israeli occupation authorities, Israeli rights groups say, do not grant building or renovation licenses even if they paid thousands of dollars for the government. This policy aimed to displace them.