Palestine: EU concerned about recent demolition and population displacement
EU diplomats and the UN have visited Nuwei'ma and Jiftlik in the Jordan Valley to express solidarity with the communities affected by recent demolition, and express strong concern over the impact of demolishing humanitarian assistance. Nine residential structures and three animal structures have been demolished in 2013 in Jiftlik, resulting in the displacement of 56 people. Some of these structures were provided through EU funding.
The EU reiterated its position that Israel should meet its obligations regarding the living conditions of the Palestinian population in Area C, by a policy shift entailing accelerated approval of Palestinian master plans, halting forced transfer of population and demolition of Palestinian housing and infrastructure, simplifying administrative procedures to obtain building permits, ensuring access to water, and addressing humanitarian needs.
The EU expects that its investment – and that of other donors – is to be protected. Social and economic developments in Area C are of critical importance for the viability of the future Palestinian state.(EU Neighbourhood Info)