EDM 1169: Demolitions at Khan al-Ahmar

May 2018

 

Dear Constituent,

 

Thank you for your email regarding the distressing matter of demolitions at Khan al-Ahmar.

I’ve had an opportunity to speak directly with Alistair Burt, the Foreign Office Minister of State, and I can reassure you that my colleagues in Government have raised strong concerns with the Israeli authorities over the demolitions at Khan al-Ahmar and have repeatedly called on the Israeli Government to halt these demolitions. I’m told that a British official from the UK Consulate General in Jerusalem has visited Khan al-Ahmar to show British support for the community.

Demolitions and the eviction of Palestinians from their homes cause unnecessary suffering; call into question Israel's commitment to a viable two-state solution; and, in all but exceptional cases, are contrary to international humanitarian law. I firmly believe that the international community must redouble its efforts to support a comprehensive peace agreement that delivers an independent Palestine alongside a safe and secure Israel, and I know that the Foreign Secretary shares this view. A two-state solution brought about through agreement is the most effective way for Palestinian aspirations of statehood to be met.

Thank you once again for taking the time to contact me.

 

With best wishes.

Kind regards,

Jonathan Lord.