Confidential European report on Jerusalem barred: What did it say?

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AMMAN — A confidential report written by 21 European ambassadors and diplomats working in the Palestinian territories, which was barred by the representatives of Hungary and the Czech Republic, recommended absolute opposition to the Israeli plan to change the status of occupied Jerusalem and its borders. اضافة اعلان

Despite efforts to adopt the report at the EU headquarters, Hungary and the Czech Republic undermined the initiative, claiming it was too harsh towards the Israeli occupation, AmmanNet reported.

Itamar Eichner, the political correspondent for Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, has confirmed the details of the secret report.

The report emphasized that the EU strongly opposes the Israeli government's plans and initiatives to unilaterally change the status of occupied Jerusalem and its borders.

This comes in light of Israel's increased aggression on Jerusalem residents.

However, Eichner added, the report was banned by the representatives of Hungary and the Czech Republic, claiming it was too extremist. Due to this, he said, the document does not officially represent the EU.

Recommended measuresAccording to a report translated by "Arabi21," the confidential document included recommended measures such as the expulsion of known violent settlers and those inciting violence from the EU territories.

It also suggested implementing the principle of reciprocity in dealing with discriminatory Israeli practices, specifically through visas that restrict the freedom of movement of EU citizens in the Palestinian territories.

Typically, the report is approved at the level of heads of missions and coordinated with the head of the EU mission in Ramallah before being sent to Brussels for official adoption.

However, this time, the heads of the Hungarian and Czech missions in occupied Jerusalem suspended the initiative and refused to approve the text.

Growing concernsThe heads of European missions in the West Bank have confirmed that recent events have highlighted the increasing fragility of the Palestinian presence in occupied Jerusalem, along with the deterioration of social and economic conditions for Jerusalemites.

They stressed the urgent need to protect them from the adverse effects of home demolitions, construction of new homes in settlements, and plans for new apartments in the eastern part of the holy city, which was annexed by Israel in the 1967 war.

The report also addresses the rise in Israeli arrests, pressure on Palestinian institutions, and an increase in attacks on Christian holy sites.

The report also revealed the potential danger of completing a circle of settlements that would isolate occupied Jerusalem from the West Bank.

It raised concerns about the use of archaeological and tourism sites by the Israeli authorities and settlers to promote a Jewish narrative inspired by religious books about Jerusalem.

Consistency with UN Resolution 478
The report emphasizes the importance of EU diplomatic missions adhering to UN Resolution 478, which denounced the annexation of East Jerusalem in 1980 and its declaration as the capital of a "united Israel".

This stance gained significance after former US president Donald Trump recognized it in 2017 and relocated the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The EU rejected this move and shares the view of the international community that the city's status should be negotiated in settlement talks.

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