The European Union decided to fund illegal settlements in another country and then they have the nerve to demand compensation for their demolition.
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.
The winter is long since over. Jerusalem temperatures are in the seventies.
And, more importantly, it doesn’t appear that the EU got permission to build their shelters in another country. And there was no reason to build those shelters in disputed territory.
That makes them illegal settlements.
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.
The EU considers Israeli housing in E1 to be settlements. Yet they have no problem building settlements for Muslim in E1, illegally, and then demanding compensation for their demolition.
Meanwhile they keep condemning Israel for… building settlements.
Some 79 EU-funded structures were demolished in the West Bank’s ‘Area C’ and Jerusalem region in 2012 and 54 more were destroyed in the first six months of 2013, according to an EU incident logging service. In all, the European Commission says that between 2002 and 2012, Israel destroyed development projects worth €49.2 million, of which €29.4 million was funded by the EU or its member states.
There’s a simple solution. Stop illegally building settlements in other countries and they won’t get demolished.