Fury over eviction as EU proclaims East Jerusalem Palestinian capital

Al Jazeera's Jacky Rowland reports from Jerusalem.

Jewish families staking claim to houses already lived in by Palestinians is all too familiar in occupied East Jerusalem.

There is quite literally a battle underway for the identity of East Jerusalem. House by house, family by family, the settlers are trying to dispossess the Palestinians and replace them with Jews.

In the meantime, the Guardian, a British newspaper (and a host of other nonUS media), reported that the EU had leaked a draft supporting East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital.

Anton Loewenstein, the Australian peace activist, put the right slant on this report that the EU (perhaps sick of Tony Blair's inaction, and Obama's backtracking) finally weighed into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the side of law and justice. "The EU may actually be growing some balls in the Middle East?," he said.

Gush Shalom's Adam Keller described "the sound and fury of Israeli officials," typically obscuring the ongoing ethnic cleansing.

This morning, Israel's Foreign Ministry came out with a great outcry about the European Union's intention to proclaim that Jerusalem should be the capital of two states - West Jerusalem the Capital of Israel and East Jerusalem the Capital of Palestine. The Israeli ambassadors at all 27 European capitals were asked to approach the governments and make a sharp protest.

While the angry retorts of Lieberman and his officials continue to reverberate through air waves, at noon today extreme right settlers took over the home of the Al-Kurd Family at the Sheikh Jarah Neighborhood in East Jerusalem and expelled by force the family members. This is the fifth Palestinian house in this neighborhood to be taken over by setters, with the approval of the Israeli courts and active participation of the Israeli police. So far, some sixty inhabitants were literally thrown out into the street. Now they live in tents outside what were their homes. The settlers live in them, and the Blue-and -White flags fly proudly from the roofs.

Perhaps it would be worthwhile for the Foreign Ministry to invite European representatives to tour Sheikh Jarah and see with their own eyes Israel's eternally unified capital.

And the diplomatic fun begins.

Tags: East Jerusalem, EU, Israel, Netanyahu, obama, Palestine (all tags)



Re: Fury over evictions as EU declares

The title seems to be - how should I say it? - not quite accurate.  The EU hasn't declared anything.  In the words of a spokesperson from the last administration, this is a success that hasn't happened yet.

by Steve M 2009-12-03 05:59AM | 0 recs
Re: Fury over evictions as EU declares

A little hyperbole never hurt anyone. However, that the EU draft indicated that it will support East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital also indicates a declaration of support for this outcome. Unfortunately, titles are limited in the amount of text permitted.

by MainStreet 2009-12-03 06:09AM | 0 recs
Re: Fury over evictions as EU declares

PS: From Adam Keller we get this characterization,

about the European Union's intention to proclaim that Jerusalem should be the capital of two states - West Jerusalem the Capital of Israel and East Jerusalem the Capital of Palestine.

Proclaim, declare, there's not much of a difference.

by MainStreet 2009-12-03 06:12AM | 0 recs
Re: Fury over evictions as EU declares

An intention to proclaim is different from actually proclaiming.  All we know from the linked article is that this is a draft paper for discussion.  It may or may not get enacted in some binding form.

You risk misleading people into believing that the EU has officially recognized East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital.

by Steve M 2009-12-03 06:42AM | 0 recs
Re: Fury over evictions as EU declares

Unfortunately, it was not possible to copy the draft from the only place I saw it published, Haaretz.

But summarizing it, these are its assets:

The current holder of the rotating European Union presidency, Sweden, has put together a draft document calling for the division of Jerusalem between Israel and a future Palestinian state and implying that the EU would recognize a unilateral Palestinian declaration of statehood.

In its draft, the EU reaffirmed its support of two states with an independent, democratic, continguous, and viable Palestine in the West Bank and Gaza with East Jerusalem as its capital,

Resumption of negotiations on all final status issues including borders, Jerusalem, refugees, security and water and respecting all previous agreements,

Discontinuation of settlement activity including natural growth, in East Jerusalem, and dismantling of illegal outposts erected since 2001,

Atoppage of the Gaza siege.

and many other impediments to peace.

by MainStreet 2009-12-03 06:54AM | 0 recs
Re: Fury over evictions as EU declares

Sorry but I will have to go with Adam Keller's take on this action and stick with "proclaim" which I do not believe is deceptive. That's only your view. I think the term is also deserving since Netanyahu has decided that there will be no Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem. Unfortunately, Obama has also come out supporting a unified Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in essence resolving a disputed issue never discussed with the Palestinians. By doing so, Obama has essentially gotten into bed with the Israeli right wing and attempted to close negotiations. Thus we see evictions and house demolitions continued, with America's blessing.

What a mistake.

by MainStreet 2009-12-03 06:59AM | 0 recs
Re: Fury over evictions as EU declares

It seems material to me that we don't know whether the draft is actually going to be adopted or not, but hey, it's your diary.

Personally, I would divide Jerusalem in a heartbeat, although I hope they figure out something at the end of the day that looks more elegant than East and West Berlin.

by Steve M 2009-12-03 07:09AM | 0 recs
Re: Fury over evictions as EU declares

But I've taken your advise and changed it.

by MainStreet 2009-12-03 06:18AM | 0 recs
Re: Fury over eviction

Call me crazy but i'm not seeing much "fury" over these evictions. Granted the news media over here is completely mum on the issue, but what's the ground situation...

by vecky 2009-12-03 01:50PM | 0 recs
Re: Fury over eviction

Watch the video.

by MainStreet 2009-12-03 04:05PM | 0 recs
Is Israel/"Palestine" in Europe?

Can the European Union DEAL WITH ITS OWN PROBLEMS instead of butting into others in which they have no business? Can they deal with the Russians instead of cowering to them? Or deal with the same Iran who not only threatens the EU's ally's(USA) ally (Israel) but who also theatens them? Can they deal with their immigration problem for once? Or is everything they do a big bow facing Mecca to please their exploding Muslim population?

by Lakrosse 2009-12-03 02:20PM | 0 recs
Re: Is Israel/"Palestine" in Europe?


Is "Lakrosse" in Israel OR Europe?

by Strummerson 2009-12-03 06:33PM | 0 recs
sorry, but America is the superpower

for darn good reason, freeing the world from fascism and communism, and soon, jihadism. We have not only a right, but a god given command to lead the world. The EU is a fractured group which cannot get its act together, so it ought to take a backseat to our greatness.

by Lakrosse 2009-12-03 06:48PM | 0 recs
Re: sorry, but America is the superpower

God commanded us to lead the world?  All of us?  Or just you?

I used to think you were a liar.  Now I know your just a nutjob.

by Strummerson 2009-12-03 06:58PM | 0 recs
Invoking Poe's law here

Lakrosse has to be a spoof.

by JJE 2009-12-04 04:51AM | 0 recs
Re: Invoking Poe's law here

Yes.  Poe's law.  Forgot about that one.  Lakrosse could indeed be read as the grey area that unites Colbert, Palin, Bob Roberts, Beck, Dana Carvey's Church Lady, and Bolton...  God commands me to giggle and oppose them all!

by Strummerson 2009-12-04 05:37AM | 0 recs


by Strummerson 2009-12-03 06:31PM | 0 recs
Re: silliness

Lakrosse is just a distraction to the content of these diaries, in this case the EU emergence as a player in the IP conflict.

Still, I see that he perpetually gets his way and succeeds in enticing others into responding to his irrelevant banter.

by MainStreet 2009-12-04 06:47AM | 0 recs
Re: silliness

I will refrain from doing so in your diaries from now on.

by Strummerson 2009-12-04 07:19AM | 0 recs
no, I'm simply deriding the EU

getting involved somewhere where it has no business or credentials. They are a supranational organization, which is not a good tool to use for a political bloc. And they have not led the world like the US of A has. They cower in the face of evil extremism.

by Lakrosse 2009-12-04 03:07PM | 0 recs


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