The European Union (EU) missions in occupied Jerusalem and Ramallah, on Wednesday, urged the occupation state of Israel to cease its demolition policy aimed exclusively at Palestinian structures in the occupied West Bank, including those funded by EU member states, Middle East Monitor reported.

“In line with the EU’s long-standing position on Israel’s settlement policy, illegal under international law, and actions taken in that context, such as forced transfers, evictions, demolitions and confiscations of homes, the EU once again urges the Israeli authorities to halt demolitions of Palestinian structures,” the statement said.

Between August 25 and September 7, thirty-three Palestinian-owned structures were demolished or seized for the lack of Israeli-issued building permits, displacing 98 Palestinians, over half of whom were children, and otherwise affecting about 100 people, according to the latest Protection of Civilians report by the UN Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

According to Article 17 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights states;

  • Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.
  • No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.