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Occupied Territories: Housing

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 23rd November 2016.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will estimate the number of Palestinian people displaced from their homes through Israeli settlement building in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

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.

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Avril Wooster
Posted on 24 Nov 2016 12:20 pm (Report this annotation)

"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." Tobias Ellwood.

These words and similar are reiterated year in year out and are seen to be having no effect whatsoever.
The Israeli Government is practising a very effective GENOCIDE on the Palestinian people. This Government as with previous Governments are ignoring this GENOCIDE and are ensuring the continuation by NOT enforcing SANCTIONS on Israel as you have done to others in the past for such crimes. This in turn means we, the British people, are also condoning by default because our elected representatives choose not to act.

Israel is not above International Laws any more than other countries so why have they been given "special dispensation" by the UK ? These are crimes against Humanity being committed on a daily basis and as the saying goes, " The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing", Edmund Burke.
The UK Government doing nothing is what I refer to here.

*Reference: Raphael Lemkin...Definition of GENOCIDE.