EU Demands Israel Pays for Demolishing Buildings in West Bank

تم نشره في Thu 19 October / Oct 2017. 12:00 AM
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RAMALLAH — The European Union is demanding that Israel compensate it for demolishing Arab buildings built in Area "C", which is under full Israeli control, Haaretz daily reported Thursday.

Eight EU countries have written an official protest letter to Israel, demanding over EUR30,000 (USD35,400) in compensation for confiscating and demolishing the structures and infrastructure, according to the newspaper.

A senior European diplomat told Haaretz that the letter, which is the first of its kind, was expected to be delivered to senior foreign ministry officials within a few days.

Belgium is leading the move to demand compensation from Israel for the demolitions, the diplomat said, adding that other countries involved in drafting the letter are France, Spain, Sweden, Luxembourg, Italy, Ireland and Denmark.

All eight countries are members of the so-called "West Bank Protection Consortium", a body through which they coordinate humanitarian assistance to Area C. The countries were protesting the confiscation of solar panels they had installed in Bedouin communities and the demolition of mobile structures there.