EU to consider sanctions on Israel over settlement expansion


The European Union will consider passing a series of sanctions on the Israeli regime over its plan to construct thousands more illegal settler units on the occupied Palestinian land, a report says.

The Israeli daily Maariv reported on Thursday that the EU move next week would include marking and banning goods made in the illegal Israeli settlements over the so-called Green Line, which separates the occupied West bank from other Palestinian territories.

The 27-nation European body is also expected to note that its economic agreement with the Tel Aviv regime does not extend to the occupied West Bank, the Golan Heights or East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

On November 30, Israel approved a plan to build 3,000 more units in East al-Quds and the West Bank, including in the controversial E1 area, in response to the UN recognition of Palestine as a non-member observer state the day before.

On Wednesday, the EU summoned the Israeli ambassador following the regime’s settlement expansion approval.

The European Union will further censure the Israeli regime’s construction plan “with an emphasis on the intention to develop the E1 parcel.”
E1 is a sensitive zone between East al-Quds and the West Bank and its expansion has been on Israel’s agenda since the 1990s.

Israel’s new project has also triggered an expression of “grave” concern from the United Nations.

A number of European countries, including Britain, France, Sweden, Austria, Denmark and Spain, have also summoned the Israeli ambassadors to their capitals.



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