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European Parliament condemns eviction of Jerusalem family

Nov. 23, 2008 8:10 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 23, 2008 8:10 P.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - The European Parliament voiced deep concern on Friday about the eviction of a Palestinian family from their East Jerusalem home.

In the resolution, the EU said the eviction of the Al-Kurd family, and similar actions on the part of Israel, could have consequences for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

"These operations, which seriously affect the lives of the residents of these areas, contravene international law," the resolution states.

The Al-Kurd family was forcibly removed from their home in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem by members of the Israeli police and armed forces on the night of Sunday 9 November 2008. Immediately after their eviction, settlers were allowed to enter the house where the family had lived for more than 50 years.

According to the European resolution, which was adopted by an overwhelming majority, the eviction of the Al-Kurd family and the recent destruction of houses belonging to Palestinian families by the Israeli authorities in several areas of East Jerusalem may have serious ramifications.

"Under international law East Jerusalem is not subject to the jurisdiction of Israeli courts," the Parliament pointed out.

Parliament also calls on the Council, the Commission and the international community, including the Quartet, to "make all possible efforts to protect Palestinian residents in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and other areas of East Jerusalem" and urges the Quartet to play a more active role.

A majority of the members present at the parliamentary session amended the resolution to remove language calling "for the al-Kurd family's property to be returned to it immediately."
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