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We condemn the continued demolitions of Palestinian property by the Israeli authorities. According to the UN, since the start of 2016, 1010 Palestinian-owned structures were demolished in Area C and in East Jerusalem, displacing 1476 people, including 696 children. Demolitions and evictions of Palestinians from their homes cause unnecessary suffering to ordinary Palestinians; call 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.
The UK's position on settlements is clear. They are illegal under international law, present an obstacle to peace, and take us further away from a two-state solution. We strongly urge the Government of Israel to reverse its systematic policy of settlement expansion which distances Israel from its international partners and undermine peace.