EU: Israel must resolve status of East Jerusalem

EU: Israel must resolve status of East Jerusalem
Palestinian women look at a Jewish Orthodox man after an Israeli eviction order forced them out of their home in East Jerusalem.
European Foreign Ministers are expected to discuss a Swedish proposal which calls on Israel to recognize East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.
According to a draft statement obtained by media outlets, the EU officials meeting in Brussels on Tuesday will ask Israel to "end discriminatory acts against Palestinians" and resolve the status of Jerusalem.

The draft also criticizes Tel Aviv for building illegal settlements and demolishing Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank, saying it threatens the two-state solution.

The EU has made it clear that it is in favor of a viable state of Palestine comprised of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem as its capital.

Israel occupied and annexed East Jerusalem in 1967 and has labeled it as its "eternal indivisible capital" in a move never recognized by the international community.

On Monday, Luxembourg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn stressed once again that all European countries view East Jerusalem as occupied territory, saying that "if it's occupied -- then it doesn't belong to Israel."

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