The European Union has responded with outrage after learning that Israel destroyed illegally built, EU-funded Arab settlements within Israel’s sovereign territory.
On Tuesday, Israeli authorities destroyed the EU-funded homes, much to the chagrin of the European Union. “We condemn today’s demolition of temporary shelters funded by the European Union… as part of its response to the needs of the affected communities,” said an EU statement.
However, the EU acted illegally by building unauthorized Palestinian homes in Area C of the West Bank, which was agreed to be under full Israeli jurisdiction as part of the Oslo Accords.
The AFP report on the matter provides limited context regarding the claims to the disputed lands.
“Israel occupied east Jerusalem in 1967 and later annexed it, in a move never recognized by the international community,” The AFP report stated.
However, the AFP report omitted the fact that Israel annexed the land from Jordan out of self defense, after the country was invaded by multiple Arab armies in an attempt to exterminate the Jewish state.
The “EU Settlements,” which display the EU flag, are located in 17 separate areas around the disputed West Bank, according to the Daily Mail UK.
In early February, the EU denied that such housing projects existed, although there was documented visual evidence proving the EU-funded homes were already built. “To date, no construction has started yet under these programmes. The EU is not funding illegal projects,” said a EU spokesperson in February.
A spokesperson from Oxfam, a virulently anti-Israel group that helped with the project, contradicted the EU spokespersons claims, and admitted that the EU-built homes did indeed exist. He then explained that it was okay to violate Israel’s sovereignty because building the homes was a “humanitarian” project.
But some argue that the so-called “humanitarian” projects are just a means to corner Israel.
‘These organizations with EU funding are encouraging and actively aiding the illegal attempt to take over public land. This has nothing to do with human rights and everything to do with taking advantage of less privileged nomadic societies for political goals,” Ari Briggs, who works for Israeli NGO Regavim, told the Daily Mail UK in February.