Brussels (UNA-OIC) – The continued demolition of the Palestinian structures by the Israeli occupation authorities constitutes “an impediment towards the two-state solution”, said European Union spokesman Peter Stano.
“The EU reiterates its call on Israel to halt all such demolitions, including of EU-funded structures, in particular in light of the humanitarian impact of the current coronavirus pandemic,” Stano said in a statement Thursday.
The statement came two days after Israeli bulldozers razed a Bedouin village near Tubas in the Jordan Valley, leaving its nearly 80 inhabitants homeless.
“This large-scale demolition confirms once again the regrettable trend of confiscations and demolitions since the beginning of the year,” Stano added, pointing out that Israel has also threatened to raze 52 Palestinian schools, including one in Ras Al-Teen in the West Bank that was co-funded by the EU and member states of the bloc.
The EU statement also stressed the need for the protection of children, including ensuring their right to education in a safe and secure school environment, noting that education is a basic human right.