Mar. 17, 2016
- EU Uses Aid Money to Build on Disputed West Bank Land – Jake Wallis Simons
The EU is using taxpayers’ money to build unauthorized settlements and roads for Palestinians on Israeli parts of the West Bank. The buildings, which are given to Palestinians, are intended to pave the way for more land to be brought under Palestinian control, according to official EU papers. Members of Parliament have expressed outrage that the EU is using aid money to “meddle” in a foreign territorial dispute.
The Oslo Accords of the 1990s divided the West Bank into Areas A, B and C. Area C was placed under Israeli control, while Areas A and B were Palestinian. More than 1,000 EU-funded Palestinian homes have been erected in the Israeli Area C without permits in more than 40 locations around the West Bank. In recent months, Israel has demolished some of the unauthorized EU buildings. Tzipy Hotovely, Israel’s deputy foreign minister, said, “The government of Israel has no intention of giving a green light to the building of illegal structures in a political effort to decide the borders of Israel.” (Daily Mail-UK)