EU condemns brutality against Palestinian civilians

BRUSSELS, Oct. 31 – The European Union condemned on Friday “in the strongest possible terms the acts of violence and brutality committed against Palestinian civilians by Israeli settlers in the West Bank.” “It is unacceptable that the olive harvest — which is vital to the economy of the Palestinian territories and the Palestinians’ other activities — should be thus disrupted by this upsurge in violent and illegal acts,” the EU French presidency said in a statement.

The EU noted that “it is up to the Israeli government, which has itself condemned these acts, to take the necessary measures to stop them immediately, in accordance with its international obligations”, the statement said.

The EU condemnation came as clashes took place on Thursday and Friday after Israeli soldiers moved to destroy an illegal building at a farm near Hebron.

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