EU urges Israel to halt demolitions


JERUSALEM (JTA) — The European Union urged Israeli authorities to prevent the demolition of Palestinian homes in eastern Jerusalem.

A declaration by the EU presidency released Wednesday said the EU was "deeply concerned" about the threat of demolition to approximately 90 houses in the Al-Bustan/Silwan area adjacent to the Old City in East Jerusalem.

The demolition, the declaration said, "would deprive more than 1,000 Palestinians of their homes and would be the largest destruction of Palestinian houses in East Jerusalem since 1967."

"The EU reminds Israel of its obligations under the Roadmap and international law. Demolition of houses in this sensitive area threatens the viability of a comprehensive, just and lasting settlement, in conformity with international law."

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