In response to Israel's demolition of homes in Jerusalem
Gaza Post – Jerusalem
Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh announced Monday his government's support for Palestinians whose homes were demolished in eastern Jerusalem last week.
Israeli occupation forces sealed off and began demolishing ten of the over 100 Palestinian structures in Sur Baher, claiming they were erected in defiance of a 2011 Civil Administration order barring construction near the security fence.
The PM instructed that a legal committee be set up which will include representatives from various government ministries to document the crime of demolishing the houses and file lawsuits with the Palestinian courts.
Shtayyeh noted, "The committee’s work will begin over the next few days."
In addition, he pointed out that the decision to stop the implementation of the signed agreements with Israel was made in response to the ongoing Israeli violations of the agreements, including the offsetting of the PA tax money, land expropriation and home demolitions.
The PA accused Israel of carrying out a massacre following the home demolitions last week, and called on the international community to intervene immediately and bring an end to Israeli aggression.
The move was condemned by the European Union, which said the demolitions undermine the “viability of the two-state solution”.
Britain and Germany added their voices to the condemnation of Israel, saying the destruction was particularly egregious.