118 Palestinian-owned structures destroyed By IOF

EU legislator: EU cannot keep quiet as IOF continues demolition Palestinian houses

Chris MacManus

Chris MacManus

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Chris MacManus, a member of the European Parliament, has stated that the EU cannot remain mute in the face of new data showing a dramatic increase in Israeli authorities' demolition of Palestinian homes.

 

"From January to August this year, Israeli officials demolished or seized 118 Palestinian-owned structures across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem," MacManus said in a statement. When compared to the same period in 2020, this is a 38 percent increase. Although the term'structures' is used in the data, it should be noted that a large majority of these are family residences."

 

He said, “The demolitions resulted in the displacement of 191 people, including 116 children. The destruction also included public buildings, leaving over 1,400 people without access to services.”

 

"Israeli authorities covered behind the fact that the buildings lacked approval, but they failed to explain that only they have the right to provide such permission and chose not to, leaving Palestinian residents with little choice." At its most basic level, this is ethnic cleansing."

 

The Midlands Northwest MEP called on EU leaders to stand up for the oppressed. “Shockingly, the EU seeks to continue business as usual with Israel, ignoring the fact that on average at least fifteen of the structures demolished every month were built using EU funds. In what other situation would it be considered reasonable to trade with a country who systematically undermines your efforts to help the oppressed? I have checked the data and some of this funding came from Ireland.”

 

MacManus clarified Israel’s actions “are designed to make the two-state solution unworkable, as they plant Israeli settlers throughout the area that is part of the internationally recognised Palestinian state.”

“All demolitions must be halted, and settlers should be ordered to leave the Palestinian territories they have illegally occupied in the West Bank,” he added .

 

“Finally, I believe it is about time the EU stood up to Israel and made it perfectly clear that it is not prepared to acquiesce to the undermining of its work in Palestine. The EU must live up to its own rhetoric, that it stands for human rights and peace.”

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