January 10, 2011
EU officials’ report urges eastern Jerusalem intervention
A report by European Union officials in Israel proposes that E.U. officials should intervene in eastern Jerusalem home demolitions and in Palestinian arrests.
The confidential report prepared by 25 EU consuls general to the Palestinian Authority living in eastern Jerusalem and sent to the European Union in Brussels severely criticizes Israel for its actions against Palestinians in the city, the British newspaper The Independent reported Monday.
The document accuses Israel of isolating Palestinian neighborhoods and says it is undermining the Palestinian presence in eastern Jerusalem.
“If current trends are not stopped as a matter of urgency, the prospect of East Jerusalem as the future capital of a Palestinian state becomes increasingly unlikely and unworkable,” the document says, according to the newspaper. “This, in turn, seriously endangers the chances of a sustainable peace on the basis of two states, with Jerusalem as their future capital.”
The report also discusses the possibility that Jewish settlers from eastern Jerusalem be prohibited from entering EU countries and recommends a boycott of Jewish products and services from eastern Jerusalem, both by diplomats visiting the area and by raising awareness among general consumers in their home countries, Haaretz reported Monday.