´EU condemns Palestinian eviction in Beit Hanina´ (JERUSALEM POST) By JPOST COM STAFF 04/22/12)
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The European Union missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah condemned on
Saturday the eviction of a Palestinian family in Beit Hanina
Wednesday, AFP reported.
The EU missions stated that they "condemn the eviction of the Natshe
family from their home in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit
Hanina," according to AFP.
They also reportedly expressed "deep concern" regarding plans to
build a new settlement "in the midst of this traditional Palestinian
neighborhood," adding that "settlements are illegal under
Tensions rose in the normally quiet Beit Hanina neighborhood after an
Arab family was evicted from its home on Wednesday morning, and a
half dozen young activists from the Israel Land Fund moved into the
house immediately afterwards.
Khaled Natche, his wife, Lubna, and their nine children were evicted
after an eight-year legal battle found that the land was legally
purchased by Jews.
The eviction of the Natche family is the first step toward creating a
Jewish complex of 50 apartments in the predominantly Arab
neighborhood, according to Israel Land Fund director Aryeh King. King
said a Jewish man purchased two buildings in the neighborhood 35
years ago. The properties also belonged to Jewish residents prior to
1948, he said.
The EU statement follows previous condemnation over the eviction by
United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied
Palestinian territory Maxwell Gaylard.
ďEvictions of Palestinians from their homes and properties in
occupied territory contravene international law, including the Fourth
Geneva Convention, and should cease," Gaylard said in a statement.
Senior UN officials, including the High Commissioner for Human
Rights, Navi Pillay, and the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian
Affairs, Valerie Amos, have repeatedly called for an end to Israelís
eviction policy, saying that the settlement of Israeli citizens in
occupied Palestinian territory is clearly prohibited under
international law. Melanie Lidman contributed to this report. (© 1995-
2011, The Jerusalem Post 04/22/12)
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