Tuesday, January 11, 2011

EU envoys in 'East Jerusalem call'

Al Jazeera-Brussels urged to treat city's disputed part as future capital of Palestinian state, according to leaked report.

European Union envoys in the Middle East have urged Brussels to treat East Jerusalem as the future capital of a Palestinian state and severely criticised Israeli polices there, according to a leaked report.

In the document, the heads of 25 European missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah recommend a range of actions to be taken in order to discourage Israel from continuing to "undermine" the status of the disputed part of the city.

Proposals in the document, a copy of which has been obtained by Al Jazeera, include dispatching EU observers to the scene of Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem, and a possible ban on EU entry for Israeli settlers deemed to have forcefully moved into Palestinian areas.