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Israel demolishes EU-funded house in East Jerusalem

February 21, 2018 at 11:05 am

A bulldozer is demolishing homes belonging to Palestinians in Jerusalem [Saeed Qaq/Apaimages]

Israeli bulldozers demolished yesterday a Palestinian house funded by the EU in the Jabal Al-Baba neighbourhood in occupied East Jerusalem, Quds Press has reported.

Representative of the Bedouin Gathering Atalla Al-Jahalin said that the bulldozers demolished the one-story house under the pretext of having no building license.

Speaking to Quds Press, Al-Jahalin said that the house was owned by Hani Abu-Eweeda and a 13-member family lived inside it.

He noted that the house, whose residents became displaced, was demolished without prior notice by the Israeli authorities.

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Israeli authorities also arrested the Palestinian youth Ghassan Al-Jahalin from the neighbourhood before their withdrawal.

These measures are part of an Israeli plan to evacuate the area from its Palestinian residents so it can carry out the 12,000-dunam Israeli settlement project E1 which will separate East Jerusalem from the West Bank.

EU member states have previously denied the Israeli policy of targeting Palestinian facilities built with EU funds in area C, which is fully under Israeli occupation control, considering it opposed to international law.