EU condemns Israeli law, says it could make East Jerusalem residents' status ‘even more precarious’

According to the European Union, a new Israeli law “could be used to further compromise the Palestinian presence in East Jerusalem.” The EU stated that it is concerned about the legislation and will be monitoring “if and how this new law is applied.”
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The European Union criticized today (Friday) a new Israeli law that gives the Interior Minister the authority to revoke the residency status of East Jerusalem Palestinians if they are involved in acts of terror.

“The European Union rejects terrorism in all its forms, and the crimes set out in this legislation are very serious. However, the new law could make the residency status of Palestinians in East Jerusalem, a protected population under International Humanitarian Law, even more precarious than it already is today,” the EU’s External Action Service explained in a statement. “The new law could be used to further compromise the Palestinian presence in East Jerusalem, which would further undermine the prospects of a two-state solution.”

The EU concluded the statement by promising that it “will closely monitor if and how this new law is applied to Palestinians in East Jerusalem.”

The law passed with 48 votes on Wednesday. “It would have been better if this vote had never happened, but this vote emerged because of a Supreme Court ruling that overturned the decisions of five interior ministers from various parties,” MK Amir Ohana (Likud) explained, adding that the ruling “damaged the public’s trust in the Supreme Court.”

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