EU expresses concern over ‘continuously increasing settlement expansion’

In a new report, the European Union’s mission to the Palestinians criticizes the “continuously increasing settlement expansion on occupied Palestinian territories.”

The EU mission says that in 2021 the number of settlement units advanced throughout the West Bank and East Jerusalem more than doubled, from 6,288 the previous year to 14,894. It notes this happened despite the current government promising to maintain the status quo vis-à-vis the Palestinians.

It particularly singles out construction in the area surrounding Jerusalem and the so-called E1 corridor as potentially disconnecting East Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank, which would “have serious implications on Palestinian urban continuity and pose a serious threat to a viable two-state solution.”

It also notes “a worrisome trend of rising settler violence” in Palestinian territories.

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