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UK parliamentarians urge Israeli compensation for demolished Palestinian homes

Police officers take security measures as a bulldozer demolished a two-storey building which was home to many Palestinians on 13 September 2017 [Mahmoud Ibrahem/Anadolu Agency]

A group of UK parliamentarians have urged Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to seek Israeli compensation of Palestinian structures demolished in the occupied West Bank.

Writing in a letter to Johnson, the parliamentarians ask whether the British government will join “eight other European countries in demanding compensation from Israeli authorities” for the demolition or damage of Palestinian structures funded directly or indirectly by the UK.

The letter, dated 24 October, is signed by Labour MP Richard Burden, chair of the Britain-Palestine All-Party Parliamentary Group, and is co-signed by a further two dozen MPs and peers.

Click here to read the full letter 

“You will be aware of the huge parliamentary concern about the impending demolitions of the communities of Khan al-Ahmar and Susiya”, the letter notes, “where structures have been built with EU funding”.

“We continue to urge you to do everything within your power to prevent the demolitions of these communities and many others in Area C of the West Bank”.

The parliamentarians conclude by saying they “believe that the Government must make all efforts to ensure that British taxpayers’ money is properly accounted for”.

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