The European Union condemned, on Saturday, the Israeli demolitionÂ â€Žof some 20 commercial structures in Shu’fat Refugee Camp of occupiedÂ East Jerusalem, stressing its part of â€śillegal expansion of Israeli settlement.â€ť
On Wednesday, the Israeli occupation demolished buildings as part of the Jerusalem â€Žmunicipality’s policy of expanding enforcement with â€Žrespect to illegally-built structures. â€Ž
In a statement, the Israeli occupation municipality said that â€śit will continue to carry out activities with â€Žthe support of the police against illegal businesses in the different â€Žareas.â€ťâ€Ž
The EU, however, linked the operation to a recent decision by â€Žthe Jerusalem Planning and Building Committee, which earlier this month approved â€Žthe construction of hundreds of new settlement units in the illegal settlements of Gilo and â€ŽRamat Shlomo.â€Ž
â€Ž”Last week, Israeli authorities demolished some 20 Palestinian â€Žcommercial structures in the Shu’fat Palestinian refugee camp in â€ŽEast Jerusalem,â€ť a spokesperson at the Office of Foreign Affairs and Security â€ŽPolicy at the EUâ€Ž said.â€Ž
He added, according to Days of Palestine: â€śThe demolition started several weeks after the â€ŽJerusalem Municipality decided to promote a plan to build 800 â€Žhousing units in the Israeli settlements of Gilo and Ramat Shlomo, in occupied east â€ŽJerusalem.
â€śThe European Union strongly opposes the policy of Israeli â€Žsettlements, which is illegal under international law, and the actions â€Žtaken in this regard. The European Union expects the Israeli â€Žauthorities to reconsider and revoke these decisions. â€Ž
â€Ž”The policy of settlement construction and expansion in east â€ŽJerusalem continues to undermine the possibility of a viable two-â€Žstate solution, with Jerusalem as the future capital of both states, â€Žwhich is the only realistic way to achieve a just and lasting peace.â€ť
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 â€Žongoing attempts to Judaize the city.