EU demands Israel suspend practice of demolitions

The European Union called on Israel to stop its demolition of Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank, describing the forcible transfer of Palestinians as a blatant violation to the Geneva Convention. European and Israeli diplomats reported that during a meeting last week with the Israeli foreign ministry’s newly appointed director-general, the EU ambassador to Israel sharply criticized Israel’s failure to abide by its international legal obligations.

“The practice of enforcement measures such as forced transfers, evictions, demolitions and confiscations of homes and humanitarian assets (including EU-funded) and the obstruction of delivery of humanitarian assistance are contrary to Israel’s obligations under international law,” EU Ambassador to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen said, in a joint EU statement delivered at the meeting. “We therefore call on Israel, as the occupying power, to meet its obligations vis-à-vis the Palestinian population … completely stop these demolitions and confiscations and allow full access of humanitarian assistance,” the statement added.
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