EU Condemns Israeli Demolition of Community Center

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WAFA – February 17, 2012

JERUSALEM, February 17, 2012 (WAFA) – The European Union Friday criticized the Israeli demolition of Maada Community Center in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, according to a statement issued by its Jerusalem and Ramallah missions.

Israel demolished the German-funded center on February 13 claiming it was built without a permit.

The demolition took place 10 days after the German Minister of Economy and Development Cooperation, Dirk Niebel, had visited the center as part of his tour of German projects in the area.

Niebel also condemned the demolition in a statement issued on Thursday.

‘The EU missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah condemn the demolition of several structures of the Maada Community Center in the neighbourhood of Silwan,” said the EU statement.

“The Maada Community Center, with its cultural and educational activities for youth and women, plays a vital role in the community of Silwan, one the most sensitive neighbourhoods of East Jerusalem,” it added.

The statement called on the Israeli government “to cease all discriminatory treatment of Palestinians in East Jerusalem,” stressing that “demolitions on occupied land are illegal under international law.”

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