The EU Missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah said on Friday in a press release they are deeply concerned at the relaunch of works for the construction of the apartheid wall in the Cremisan valley in Beit Jala – Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank.
The mission stated that once built, the wall will severely restrict access of almost 60 Palestinian families to their agricultural land and profoundly affect their livelihoods.
According to the press release, the EU missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah recalled the EU’s strong opposition to Israel’s settlement policy and actions taken in this context, such as building the apartheid wal; beyond the 1967 line, demolitions and confiscation – including of EU funded projects – evictions, forced transfers including of Bedouins, illegal outposts, settler violence and restrictions of movement and access, as most recently stated in the Conclusions of the Foreign Affairs Council on 18 January 2016.
EU Heads of Mission in Jerusalem and Ramallah have on several occasions visited the site of the planned construction, and repeatedly expressed concern over the planned route of the wall and reiterated that the it is illegal under international law wherever built on occupied land.
This segment of the apartheid wall is intended to allow for Israel’s illegal annexation of Har Gilo settlement south of Jerusalem in order to make way for its connection to the illegel settlement of Gilo.
In July 2015 Israel’s Supreme Court yesterday issued a decision giving the Ministry of Defense and Israeli occupation forces the green light to being building this new section of the apartheid wall in Cremisan valley.
According to the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, Israel’s High Court of Justice in January denied a petition filed against the wall’s construction by the municipality of Beit Jala village, Beit Jala’s landowners, and the Silesian women’s monastery in Cremisan.
The ruling came after the Israeli Ministry Defense renewed construction work on the apartheid wall last August, effectively separating the villagers from their privately owned farmland in the Cremisan Valley.
Nearly 60 kilometers of the wall already cuts through Bethlehem district and is built on Palestinian land, according to the UN.