A joint statement by diplomats from 16 countries, including the UK and France, condemned Israeli settlers’ violence in Turmusaya town in the occupied West Bank on Friday, June 23, 2023.
The delegation visited the village on Friday to inspect the damage. EU representative Sven Kuehn von Burgsdorff blasted Israel for failing to meet its obligations to protect Palestinians.
“There was no attempt or effort to stop the settlers,” Burgsdorff said, adding that the EU will continue to demand directly the trial and accountability of those who carried out the settler attacks on the town.
In a joint statement, the delegation announced that they visit Turmusaya to express condolences to the victims of settler attacks and to condemn settler violence in the strongest terms.
“Diplomats were briefed by the community on the appalling settler violence that occurred in the Palestinian village of Turmusaya on 21 June, and visited several houses that were impacted, meeting affected families,” the statement read.
It added that further settlement expansion, including most recently 1,000 new housing units being approved in Eli, is illegal under international law, risks fuelling tensions further, and undermines the viability of a two state solution.
It also indicated that the violence witnessed in Turmusaya occurs in the context of settler-related violence surging to its highest level since UN records began in 2005.