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Israel: West Bank

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL1422, tabled on 14 July 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel concerning their decision to start building the separation wall in the Cremisan Valley in Beit Jala.

Answered on

24 July 2015

Officials raised our concerns about the route of the separation barrier with contacts in the Israeli National Security Council, the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Defence on 9 July.

Also on 9 July, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my hon. Friend the Member for Bournemouth East (Mr Ellwood), issued a press statement on the Israeli Supreme Court's decision regarding the barrier.

The UK position on the Separation Barrier is clear: if Israel wished to build the Barrier, it should have been built on the 1967 border – and where it is constructed on the Palestinian side of that border, it is illegal under international law.