The European Union condemned, on Saturday, the Israeli demolitionÂ âof some 20 commercial structures in Shu’fat Refugee Camp of occupiedÂ East Jerusalem, stressing its part of âillegal expansion of Israeli settlement.â
On Wednesday, the Israeli occupation demolished buildings as part of the Jerusalem âmunicipality’s policy of expanding enforcement with ârespect to illegally-built structures. â
In a statement, the Israeli occupation municipality said that âit will continue to carry out activities with âthe support of the police against illegal businesses in the different âareas.ââ
The EU, however, linked the operation to a recent decision by âthe Jerusalem Planning and Building Committee, which earlier this month approved âthe construction of hundreds of new settlement units in the illegal settlements of Gilo and âRamat Shlomo.â
â”Last week, Israeli authorities demolished some 20 Palestinian âcommercial structures in the Shu’fat Palestinian refugee camp in âEast Jerusalem,â a spokesperson at the Office of Foreign Affairs and Security âPolicy at the EUâ said.â
He added, according to Days of Palestine: âThe demolition started several weeks after the âJerusalem Municipality decided to promote a plan to build 800 âhousing units in the Israeli settlements of Gilo and Ramat Shlomo, in occupied east âJerusalem.
âThe European Union strongly opposes the policy of Israeli âsettlements, which is illegal under international law, and the actions âtaken in this regard. The European Union expects the Israeli âauthorities to reconsider and revoke these decisions. â
â”The policy of settlement construction and expansion in east âJerusalem continues to undermine the possibility of a viable two-âstate solution, with Jerusalem as the future capital of both states, âwhich is the only realistic way to achieve a just and lasting peace.â
Despite the fact that the demolition took place against the will of the Palestinian residents and was carried out as part of the Jerusalem Municipality’s âongoing attempts to Judaize the city.