JERUSALEM, April 21, 2012 (WAFA) - The European Union missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah Saturday condemned in a statement the eviction of the Natsheh family from their homes in the all-Arab East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Beit Hanina.
The EU missions said they were “deeply concern by the plans to build a new settlement in the midst of this traditional Palestinian neighbourhood,” said the statement.
Jewish settlers succeeded in taking over two homes of the Natsheh family in Beit Hanina after Israeli police on Wednesday evicted the 14-member family from the homes.
An Israeli court had issued an eviction order against the family on March 1 following claims by the settlers that they had bought the plot the houses were built on.
“Settlements are illegal under international law,” said the EU missions statement.
“The EU further recalls Article 49, paragraph 6, of the Fourth Geneva Convention which states that ‘the Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies,’” it added.It further stressed that the international community has repeatedly called upon Israel to cease settlement activities.