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European Powers Tell Israel to Stop Jewish Building in East Jerusalem

France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Britain urged Israel on Thursday to halt the expansion of Jewish building in east Jerusalem.

The joint statement came as tensions mounted in east Jerusalem ahead of a hearing that could see Palestinian families evicted from Sheikh Jarrah, a neighborhood where Jewish residents backed by an Israeli court have taken over some homes.

"We urge the government of Israel to reverse its decision to advance the construction of 540 settlement units in the Har Homa E area of the West Bank, and to cease its policy of settlement expansion across the Palestinian Territories," the European nations said. (JPost / VFI News)