Jerusalem: Palestinians:Written question - HL10699

Q
Asked on: 15 October 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Jerusalem: Palestinians
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel following the Protection of Civilians Report by the United Nations Office of Humanitarian Affairs which states that, as of 24 September, a total of 306 Palestinian-owned structures have been demolished by Israel this year in East Jerusalem.
A
Answered on: 25 October 2018

​While we have not raised this specific issue, we routinely raise the issue of demolitions with the Israeli authorities. In all but the most exceptional circumstances, demolitions are contrary to International Humanitarian Law. The practice causes unnecessary suffering to ordinary Palestinians and is harmful to the peace process. We regularly make clear our serious concerns about the situation in East Jerusalem to the Israeli authorities and the Municipality of Jerusalem, both bilaterally and in co-operation with EU partners. These concerns include the evictions of Palestinians and demolition of Palestinian property; the construction of illegal Israeli settlements; and the removal of residency rights from Palestinians. The Government supports Palestinian communities in East Jerusalem, facing demolition or eviction through our legal aid programme. This helps residents to challenge decisions in the Israeli legal system.

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