Six-Month Report on Demolitions and Confiscations of EU funded structures in the West Bank including East Jerusalem (January-June 2018)

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During the reporting period destruction and seizure of Palestinian property in the occupied West Bank including East Jerusalem continued.

From January to June 2018 over 197 Palestinian owned structures were impacted by demolition, seizure, sealing off, or eviction, a 22% decline compared to the similar period in 2017. Almost half of the incidents took place in East Jerusalem. As a result of the demolitions, 176 Palestinians including 70 children were displaced.Of the structures (such as classrooms and residences) targeted over the six month reporting period, 26 structures were funded by the EU or EU Member States for a value of €60,963. This represents more than a 50% decline in the number of EU funded structures targeted compared to the same period of 2017 (57 structures).

Of particular concern are the developments in Khan al-Ahmar, a Bedouin community East of Jerusalem, facing an imminent risk of demolition and forced transfer. A demolition of Khan al-Ahmar risks setting a negative precedent for 45 other communities across the West Bank.

Moreover, 36 schools in Area C1 and eight schools in East Jerusalem have pending demolition or "stop work" orders and face the risk of full or partial demolition due to lack of building permits. Nearly half or these schools have received EU or Member State funding.2 Demolitions of the schools would severely impact on Palestinian children's right to education.

In general, development in Area C and East Jerusalem is tightly restricted by the Israeli authorities through means such as limiting or refusing permits for construction of buildings and structures.

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