Report: EU officials demand compensation for Israeli demolition of E1 structures

European diplomats say the three buildings that were destroyed were "partially funded" by the EU.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
April 12, 2014 13:21
E1 area linking Jerusalem and Ma’aleh Adumim

E1 area linking Jerusalem and Ma’aleh Adumim 370. (photo credit: Tovah Lazaroff)

European Union officials alleged on Friday that Israel demolished EU-funded housing shelters outside of Ma'aleh Adumim earlier in the week, AFP reported.

Eighteen tin huts built to house Palestinians during the unusually severe winter weather this year were "partially funded by EU member states," according to the report.

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EU officials demanded financial compensation from Israel to Brussels in response to the demolition of three of the structures, Belgian news service EurActiv reported.

“We should ask for compensation from Israel whenever EU-funded humanitarian aid projects are destroyed,” EurActiv quoted an anonymous EU diplomat as saying.

“We will raise this issue with the relevant Israeli authorities,” Maja Kocijancic, a spokesperson for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, told EurActiv.

The structures were located in E1, a highly contentious area in the West Bank east of Jerusalem.


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