The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates has criticized the European Union for its âweak and lateâ measures vis-Ă -vis Israel activities across the Palestinian territories, particularly in Jerusalem, calling on the 28-member bloc to adopt a firmer stance on Israel’s âopen battleâ against the occupied holy site.
Israel has established a sort of immunity against any effects and consequences of statements issued by the European Union or its individual member states as it continues to commit crimes against the Palestinian people, throwing against the wall all international condemnations, pleas, and expressions of concern, the ministry said in a statement released on Tuesday.
The statement noted that âcontentment with statements of rejection of occupation measures remains shy, weak and late, and does not rise to the level of the problem and the responsibilities of the European Union and its member states.â
The Palestinian foreign ministry then called on the EU âto take a stronger position to confront the open battle over Jerusalem.
PNN further reports that the statement also pointed to the Israeli regimeâs continued crimes the Palestinian nation, mentioning the seizure of residential buildings, the expulsion of their residents and subsequent handover to settlers or Judaic associations as well as distribution of demolition notices among dozens of Palestinian families.
The ministry later discussed the Israeli regimeâs daily provocations at Al-Aqsa Mosque, in addition to Palestinian schools in Jerusalem and settlement construction, calling on the EU to adopt a more effective stance to stop the acts of aggression.
Israel has been occupying the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, since 1967. Ever since, it has been building settlements throughout the land, in a move condemned by the United Nations and considered illegal under international law.
International bodies and rights groups say Israeli demolitions of Palestinian structures in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem are an attempt to uproot Palestinians from their native territory and confiscate more land for the expansion of illegal settlements.
About 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 illegal settlements, in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.