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EU condemns eviction of Palestinian family in East Jerusalem

April 21, 2012 8:00 P.M. (Updated: April 21, 2012 8:00 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The European Union offices in the Palestinian territory on Saturday condemned Israel's eviction of a Palestinian family from their East Jerusalem home.

Israeli police on Wednesday evicted the Natsheh family from their home in Beit Hanina, shortly before Jewish settlers moved in.

"EU missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah are deeply concerned by the plans to build a new settlement in the midst of this traditional Palestinian neighborhood. Settlements are illegal under international law," a statement released Saturday said.

"The EU further recalls Article 49, paragraph 6, of the Fourth Geneva Convention which states that 'the Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies,'" it continued.

Khaled Natsheh told the official PA news agency Wafa that Israeli police ordered him and his 10-member family to leave their home on Wednesday. Natsheh was taken to a police station while officers removed furniture and the family's belongings from his home, he said.

The Israeli daily The Jerusalem Post reported that 10 Jewish settlers with the right-wing Israel Land Fund moved into Natsheh's home.

The incident was the first eviction in the Palestinian neighborhood Beit Hanina, but settlers have taken over several homes in nearby Sheikh Jarrah.
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