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The European Union’s commissioner in charge of the bloc’s crisis management condemned on Wednesday an attack by Israeli settlers on a school in Zanuta, a Palestinian village situated in the Israeli military-occupied West Bank.
“Israeli settlers demolished a school in Zamuta, a village in the occupied #Palestinian Territory,” Janez Lenarcic, the EU’s Commissioner for Crisis Management, wrote on social media platform X, using an alternative spelling for Zanuta.
“The school was built by EU funds – because every child, everywhere has a right to education. This destruction is intolerable and a violation of International Humanitarian Law,” added Lenarcic, who also deals with humanitarian aid.
Earlier this week, the United States began imposing visa bans on people involved in violence in the West Bank, after it and other countries appealed to Israel to do more to prevent violence by extremist Jewish settlers against Palestinians.
The Israel military occupied the West Bank, which Palestinians want as the core of an independent state, in a 1967 Middle East war.
Israeli settlers have since built Jewish settlements there that most countries deem illegal.
Israel disputes this and cites historical and biblical ties to the land.
The West Bank is home to 3 million Palestinians who live among more than half a million Jewish settlers.
Continued settlement expansion is one of the most contentious issues between Israel, Palestinians and the international community.