An Israeli watchdog group focused on illegal building by Palestinians in the West Bank has released a video accusing the European Union of funding illegal settlement activity by Palestinians on Israeli state lands.
The video, by Regavim, comes after the European Union claimed diplomatic immunity in response to a previous Regavim lawsuit over 1,000 illegal structures across areas of the West Bank defined as “Area C” – under full Israeli control according to the Oslo Accords. The buildings were erected in the guise of humanitarian aid for the Palestinians, but Regavim’s research indicates that they are part of a larger EU strategy to unilaterally create Palestinian political realities on the ground in defiance of Israeli law and contrary to the Oslo Accords.
Prime Minister Netanyahu recently lambasted the European Union on this topic as did his Deputy Foreign Minister Tzippy Hotovely.
“The EU has spent hundreds of millions of Euros in European taxpayers money to erect these building in defiance of Israel,” said Ari Briggs, international director of Regavim. “We have found over 1,000 buildings proudly displaying the EU flags built on Israeli land without any permits. Their actions are clearly illegal according to international law and it’s time that they are held accountable.”