US criticized over backing illegal EU building for Palestinians

Regavim, an organization that tracks illegal Palestinian construction, has criticized the US State Department for supporting the European Union's funding for Palestinian building in violation of the Oslo Accords.

A State Department spokesperson recently claimed that Israel's destroying the building, a school near Ma'aleh Adumim, "calls into question the Israeli Government's commitment to a two-state solution."

Similarly, another spokesperson made a similar comment last month in response to Israel's efforts to rehouse illegal Bedouin squatters.

Ari Briggs, Regavim's international director, says: "For the second time in less than a month, the U.S. State Department has chosen to repeat their go-to anti-Israel mantra, instead of researching the reality on the ground and responding appropriately. This blatantly ignorant and anti-Israel behavior empowers those bent on Israel’s destruction and is absolutely unacceptable.

"Israel, like any other country has the absolute right to demolish illegal structures built under their jurisdiction. The U.S. State Department should have condemned the European Union for their blatant disregard of international law and attempts to unilaterally build a de-facto Palestinian State by creating illegal Palestinian facts on the ground."

The European Union has built more than a thousand structures in Area C. According to the Oslo Accords, though, Area C is under full Israeli control and Israel must approve all construction in the region.

Regavim has made numerous attempts to challenge the EU's actions, but the EU forced the courts to dismiss the cases by claiming diplomatic immunity.

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/210283

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