EU must take immediate action – Anderson

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the EU must take immediate action to calm tensions in East Jerusalem.

Ms Anderson, the chair of the European Parliament’s Delegation to the Palestinian Legislative Council said;

“This morning’s attack at the Har Nof synagogue was wrong and must be condemned.

“Everyone in Jerusalem must be free to attend their chosen place or worship without fear of attack of intimidation.

“This incident, and the ongoing tensions in the area of the al-Haram al-Sharif mosque, highlights the need for the European Union to take action to help progress peace in the region.

“I am appealing for all sides to pull back amid the rising tensions in East Jerusalem.

“Mere condemnation is not enough. It must be backed with action.

“The European Union must take action against human rights violations carried out by Israel against the Palestinian people.

“The illegal actions of Israel in expanding settlements in East Jerusalem also need to be challenged.

“A resolution passed today states the EU is closely monitoring the situation and is ready to take action to protect the viability of the two-state solution and now it must live up to that and match those words with action.”