“The Israeli occupation authorities’ continued demolition of Palestinian buildings constitutes an obstacle to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” European Commission spokesperson for foreign affairs, Peter Stano, said.
In a statement on Thursday, he has called the Israeli occupation authorities to “halt all such demolitions, including of EU-funded structures, in particular in light of the humanitarian impact of the current coronavirus pandemic.”
He pointed out that the Israeli occupation demolished more than 70 structures this week, including residential, livelihood and sanitation facilities, belonging to 11 Palestinian families with 41 children in Khirbet Hamsa al-Foqa, in the northern Jordan Valley.
He also added that this step comes after the threat of demolishing the Palestinian school in the Ras al-Tin town in the central West Bank, which was co-funded by the EU and several EU Member States.
Stano mentioned that there are currently 52 Palestinian schools under the threat of demolition.
He also confirmed the need to ensure the right of children to education in a safe and secure school environment, saying that “education is a basic human right that must be protected and maintained.”
(Source / 06.11.2020)