Nov 16, 2020 Right-wing Israeli protesters heckled a gaggle of European diplomats in Jerusalem immediately. The European Union (EU) delegation got here to sentence a brand new housing challenge within the contested metropolis. The Israeli authorities permitted the development of greater than 1,200 houses within the strategic Givat Hamatos on Sunday. The move is controversial as a result of Palestinians say it could lower off the Palestinian metropolis of Bethlehem from East Jerusalem, in keeping with The Associated Press. On Monday, EU consultant to the Palestinians Sven Kuhn von Burgsdorff introduced a delegation of European diplomats to the neighborhood to voice disagreement with the information. Upon their arrival, a gaggle of Israeli demonstrators from the right-wing Im Tirtzu motion surrounded them and waved Israeli flags. They shouted “Go back to Europe,” “EU, shame on you” and different slogans, The Times of Israel reported. The diplomats then left the realm, in keeping with the Israeli information outlet. Israel gained management of East Jerusalem from Jordan through the 1967 battle and claims sovereignty over the whole thing of the holy metropolis. EU member states and far of the worldwide group, nevertheless, regard east Jerusalem as occupied by Israel. Palestinians additionally declare Jerusalem because the capital. Jerusalem’s Jewish, Christian and Muslim holy websites are all within the jap a part of town. Despite total good relations with EU nations, some European states are extra crucial of Israeli settlements and different insurance policies towards the Palestinians than the United States is. Because of Jerusalem’s disputed standing, most EU and different states which have diplomatic relations with Israel nonetheless acknowledge Tel Aviv because the capital of the Jewish state. The United States acknowledged Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in 2017, nevertheless, and moved its embassy there the next 12 months. A handful of African and Latin American states later adopted go well with. Serbia and Kosovo in Eastern Europe additionally agreed to move their embassies to Jerusalem, however neither state is within the EU.