Europeans unhappy about Jerusalem building

Posted: March 8, 2009 by Jonathan Boyko in Palestinians
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ICAHD's Jeff Halper

ICAHD's Jeff Halper

The European Union is really unhappy with Israel’s “illegal annexation” of parts of Jerusalem. Recent EU report says Jerusalem municipality is destroying houses of Palestinians by the dozens and builds more housing for the Jews – a clear annexation attempt by Israeli government. EU also uses  NGOs for their purposes, one of them is Israel Committee Against House Demolitions, a group of loony-toons protesting the demolition of Palestinian houses in East Jerusalem. The E. Jerusalem Arabs say they simply have no other option but to build illegally, as the municipality rarely gives permits.

Now, to be fair, there is a serious problem within Jerusalem ruling office. You can easily wait for a permit for months or even years. Most Israelis, however, choose to do the legal thing – and leave the city, which now suffers loss of young workforce.

EU’s report also says:

The EU report said that “long-standing Israeli plans for Jerusalem, now being implemented at an accelerated rate, are undermining prospects for a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem and a sustainable two- state solution.”

I’d say terrorist attacks undermine the prospects for a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem, but the Europeans have kindly forgotten that part.

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