Jerusalem24 – European Union Spokesman Shadi Othman stressed that the EU’s position regarding East Jerusalem and settlements is clear, and it is a definitive rejection of settlement projects.
Othman said in an interview on the Program “Today’s File,” which is broadcast on Palestine TV, that “The union is working through political channels and through dialogue between member states and the Israeli side to try to stop this policy, and to ensure that there is no displacement of Palestinian citizens in East Jerusalem.”
On the European Union’s work to prevent the displacement of Palestinians in East Jerusalem, Othman said: “The Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood is one of those areas that the European Union seeks to prevent,” noting that the Union is in constant contact with all components of Jerusalem society, civil society, and with The Palestinian leadership, to see what is happening in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, and in other neighborhoods, specifically Silwan.
Othman indicated that the position of the European Union regarding what is happening in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood is sensitive and difficult, and it cannot accept the displacement of the Palestinian population under any pretext, given that this neighborhood is based in occupied Palestinian land, and therefore the occupation government according to international law is obligated to protect them and not to displace them.
However, he added, “We will not preempt matters, and efforts are now focused on ensuring that the residents of the neighborhood are not displaced, and we hope that there will be positive signs.”