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Occupied Territories: Housing

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL6502, tabled on 26 February 2016

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they define the word "illegal" with reference to the Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Answered on

7 March 2016

Article 49(6) of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, to which Israel is a state party, prohibits an occupying power from transferring its own civilian population into occupied territory. Consequently, settlements are illegal under international law. The UK’s position on the settlements is clear. They are illegal, present an obstacle to peace and take us further away from a two-state solution.