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West Bank: Demolition

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL241, tabled on 8 January 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of Palestinian homes that have been demolished in East Jerusalem and the West Bank in order to build housing for settlements; and whether that number has increased in the last two years.

Answered on

20 January 2020

The British Government is seriously concerned by the continued demolition of Palestinian property by the Israeli authorities. The practice causes unnecessary suffering to ordinary Palestinians; calls into question Israel’s commitment to a viable two-state solution and, in all but the most exceptional of cases are contrary to International Humanitarian Law. Officials from our Embassy in Tel Aviv have repeatedly raised our concerns about demolitions with the Israeli authorities. Most recently, the UK’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN raised this issue at the UN Security Council briefing on the Middle East on 18 December 2019. We call on the Israeli authorities to cease the counter-productive policy of demolitions, and provide a clear, transparent route to construction for Palestinians in Area C.