EU sharply criticizes Israeli demolition of Palestinian homes in Area C, says Israeli daily

JERUSALEM, � The European Union has demanded that Israel stops demolishing Palestinian homes in Area C of the West Bank, and particularly in the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, Israeli daily Haaretz said on Tuesday.

It said EU demanded that Israel stops demolishing Palestinian homes in Area C, under full Israeli military and civil control, since this would entail forced transfer of the residents and violate the Geneva Convention.

Israeli and European diplomats informed the daily that the sharp message in the name of all EU members was delivered last week by EU Ambassador to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen to new Foreign Ministry director-general Yuval Rotem.

The Israeli and European diplomats said that last week Rotem held his first meeting with the ambassadors of all the EU member states in Israel. The meeting, held in the Dan Hotel in Tel Aviv, was meant to be a routine briefing for the envoys, but it turned, at least at first, into a confrontation regarding government policies in Area C, where Israel has full civilian and security control, Haaretz added.

Immediately after the meeting began, Faaborg-Andersen announced that he was taking advantage of the meeting to deliver a message that had been approved by the EU’s security and diplomacy commission, on which all 28 member states are represented. The document, obtained by Haaretz, is very strongly worded and describes Israel as an occupying power.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

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