Demolitions, along with and evictions of Palestinians from their homes, cause unnecessary suffering to ordinary Palestinians. They, 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. Her Majesty’s Government allocated funding towards supporting around 124 Palestinian communities in Area C and East Jerusalem through needs-based and emergency services. This funding will provide pre-fabricated residential, livelihood and agricultural structures. Funding has also been used to provide off grid energy to 50 households in Area C through the installation of 30 renewable energy systems.
As you may know, Oofficials from the UK Embassy in Tel Aviv have repeatedly raised concerns with the relevant Israeli authorities regarding the rising number of evictions and demolitions of Palestinian properties in Area C of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Our EmbassyIt has called on them to cease the policy of demolitions and provide a clear, transparent route to construction for Palestinians in Area C, which I entirely full heartedly support.
Throughout my career in conflict resolution, I have maintained that the best way to achieve solutions is through open dialogue, mutual respect and a willingness for compromise on both parties. I will continue to communicate my concerns with the Israeli Ambassador, and continue to advocate a peaceful two-state solution in Pparliament and with the delegations from both sides. As for the Early Day Motion, however, I will not sign it as I believe EDMs to be ineffective, and I am against virtue signalling.