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Israel: Bedouin

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL1683, tabled on 2 October 2017

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel regarding the possible demolition of Khan al-Ahmar.

Answered on

17 October 2017

The Government remains gravely concerned about continued demolition of Palestinian property by the Israeli authorities including proposals to demolish the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar. Such demolitions could pave the way for settlement building in E1, threatening the possibility of a two-state solution with Jerusalem as a shared capital. The UK has repeatedly called on Israeli authorities to halt proposals to demolish Khan al-Ahmar. Prior to the most recently scheduled Israeli High Court hearing on the matter on 25 September – subsequently postponed - our Embassy in Tel Aviv raised our concerns with the Israeli authorities on 24 September. The Foreign Secretary expressed our concern about the proposals when he met Prime Minister Netanyahu in Israel on 8 March.