Saeb Erekat, the Secretary-General of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), on Wednesday, urged the European Union (EU) to intervene to prevent Israel from building a settlement in E1 area, east of occupied Jerusalem, as announced by Israeli Premier, Benjamin Netanyahu.

During a meeting at his office, Erekat handed the EU Representative to Palestine, Sven Kuehn von Burgsdorff, a letter calling on the EU’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, to urgently intervene to prevent the Israeli occupation government from implementing its settlement and annexation plans, especially the colonial project known as E1, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported.

On Tuesday, Erekat slammed Israeli PM, Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement on the expansion of Israel’s illegal colonial-settlement enterprise, including the northern Bethlehem area and the eastern part of Jerusalem with the so called “E-1 project”, which aims at linking the illegal settlement of Ma’aleh Adumin with occupied East Jerusalem. “This project that has been frozen by the action of the international community today is being relaunched as encouraged by the Trump Administration,” said Erekat in a statement.