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Gilo, a neighborhood in southwestern Jerusalem, is referred to by leftist organizations such as 'Peace Now' as a "settlement." It is home to 40,000 residents, both Jews and non-Jews -- making it nearly double the size of the northern Negev city of Arad.

The European Union is, once again, unhappy with Israel about local municipal plans to move ahead with building new apartments in Jerusalem.

The city is proceeding with its routine to approve construction of some 770 housing units, barely a drop in the bucket for the average bustling municipality, let alone a growing metropolis.


Jerusalem is bursting at the seams and in desperate need of affordable housing.

The new project is to be built in the Gilo neighborhood, in the southern section of the city. However, this one little project has deeply upset the European Union, enough to issue a statement castigating Israel over the matter less than 24 hours after an elderly Catholic priest was murdered, his throat cut at the altar of his own church while serving Mass, by two Da’esh (ISIS) terrorists.

He was, in fact, ritually slaughtered on that altar before his flock, his blood flowing on to the steps while the radical Islamists yelled the traditional Islamic jihadist war cry “Allahu Akbar!” (God is Great!) and other unknown phrases in Arabic.

ISIS has vowed repeatedly over the past year to take its battle to the “Crusaders” of Europe and the Middle East. On Tuesday they fulfilled that promise — and yet the European Union somehow still believes it more important to focus its energies on scolding Israel for providing affordable housing for its residents in Jerusalem.

“Israel’s recent decision to advance plans for some 770 housing units in the settlement of Gilo, built on occupied Palestinian land in East Jerusalem, undermines the viability of a two-state solution,” said EU spokesperson David Kriss in a statement sent to media on Wednesday.

“It contributes to the establishment of a ring of Israeli settlements around the city, thus further cutting East Jerusalem off from the southern West Bank. “This announcement comes just weeks after the report of the Middle East Quartet called on Israel to abandon its settlement policy, which is illegal under international law.

“The decision raises legitimate questions about Israel’s long-term intentions, which are compounded by the statements of some Israeli ministers that there should never be a Palestinian state. The EU calls on Israel to reverse this decision and to cease its settlement activity,” Kriss said.

It’s amazing that after all this time, Europe is still unable to bring itself to make peace with the idea that Gilo, a neighborhood of some 40,000-plus that has existed well within the Jerusalem municipal boundaries for more than 35 years, is not going away.

Nor is it a “settlement” outside the city, which anyone can clearly see if they bothered to visit either in person or through a virtual swing through the neighborhood via the Google software.

As for the long-term intentions of the Jewish State, it might be far more constructive (excuse the pun) for the European Union to consider the long-term intentions of the Palestinian Authority rather than those of Israel.

The Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization from which it was born has from the outset cherished the dream of conquering the Land of Israel from “the [Jordan] river to the [Mediterranean] sea.”


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


  1. the power to deny the rightous, the justice of building a home a community, is in relation to over thrown the building of the Jewish state .The humanity that survives will unite to build the future.Support the rights of woman and child the father the family of education and state building.Stop the criminial power of hate and welfare nations to rule over the individual family of education…gjmars

  2. This whole -occupies Palestinian land- is a misnomer. Even by intl law its -disputed territories whose final status will be determined. Who made it Palestinian land. That was never decided even by the racist U.N. Any ways this land is part of the Jewish home of given to us by G-d. The only people illegally occupying Jerusalem are the Arabs, So let these antisemitic hypocrites worry about the Arabs occupying Europe.

  3. They just are not getting the message. I guess they need a few more decapitations, bombings and shootings to maybe, maybe see that HaShem is sick of their attacks on His People. Even better will be if Erdogan opens the gates and lets those tens of thousands of syrians into europe…then let them whine and k'vetch about Israel building homes for Jews. The whole continent should fall into the sea.

  4. Ever since World War ll and before , when the European countries were very busy murdering over 7 million Jews, stealing their property and money, most of which was never returned or paid back to the few survivors of genocide and ethnic cleansing, the Arab loving European governments still can not get into the notion and mind frame that Jews have their own independant country and can do whatever they want there.

  5. "it might be far more constructive (excuse the pun) for the European Union to consider the long-term intentions of the Palestinian Authority rather than those of Israel."
    WELL SAID! Israel doesn't need EU approval to do anything!

  6. You need a pulpit! I see your website is your pulpit. I agree with all the thoughts of Peace, Love & Understanding. It's all in my heart.
    I feel very happy Israel is building more affordable living space for people.. It will be a welcomed, loving, community!

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