Israel demolishes EU-funded shelter in East Jerusalem
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Israel demolishes EU-funded shelter in East Jerusalem

28-nation bloc condemns bulldozing of structure for Bedouin community near Issawiya, which was empty at the time

The East Jerusalem neighborhoods of Issawiyah and Shuafat. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)
The East Jerusalem neighborhoods of Issawiyah and Shuafat. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Israeli authorities on Tuesday demolished an EU-funded shelter in East Jerusalem, the European Union said, denouncing the move.

“We condemn today’s demolition of temporary shelters funded by the European Union… as part of its response to the needs of the affected communities,” an EU statement said.

EU funds have helped to pay for some 200 temporary buildings used as shelters in villages inhabited by Bedouin communities in the West Bank, just outside East Jerusalem.

The structures demolished on Tuesday were small metal constructions put up on the outskirts of Arab neighborhood Issawiya, an AFP correspondent said.

The area was empty of residents following the demolition by bulldozer.

Jerusalem’s municipality was not immediately available for comment.

A spokesman for Regavim, a right-wing lobby group, said the move was unusual.

“This doesn’t happen every day, and it certainly doesn’t happen to EU buildings,” Avi Hyman told AFP.

Israeli authorities regularly demolish structures inhabited by the Bedouin in the West Bank, and have tried to move communities into housing planned by the state.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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