The European Union on Wednesday called on Israel to allow the Palestinians to reopen offices in east Jerusalem which were closed by the Public Security Ministry in 2001 on the grounds that they were fronts for illegal activity by the PA. The original closure order has been extended every six months by the Public Security Ministry since 2001.
"The EU missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah deeply regret the recent Israeli decision extending once again the closure order against the Orient House and the Chamber of Commerce," a statement said, referencing the local headquarters of the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Arab Chamber of Commerce in east Jerusalem.
"The EU firmly believes that these institutions should be allowed to re-open and resume their operations as focal points for Palestinians in east Jerusalem," AFP quoted an EU statement as saying. "The EU urges Israel to reconsider the closure and to fully review its decision," it added.