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British MPs urge end to use of West Bank for treatment of Israeli waste

People can be seen sorting through a landfill [Thibaud Saintin/Flickr]
People can be seen sorting through a landfill [Thibaud Saintin/Flickr]

British parliamentarians have urged the Israeli authorities to end its practice of treating Israeli waste in the occupied West Bank.

The Early Day Motion (EDM) quickly attracted the support of more than a dozen MPs. The EDM’s primary sponsor was Labour MP Grahame Morris, with co-sponsors Lisa Nandy, Richard Burden, Mike Hill, Andy Slaughter, and Ian Mearns.

The motion “expresses deep concern over the allegations raised by the human rights organisation B’Tselem that Palestinian land in the West Bank is being used for the treatment of Israeli waste, including hazardous waste”.

The MPs also note “that Israel is using the occupation of the Palestinian Territories to deny the Palestinian people dignity and is putting Palestinian residents’ health at risk”.

Report: Over a dozen Israeli waste treatment facilities in occupied West Bank

The parliamentarians further point out “that the exploitation of the occupied territories is illegal under international law”, and call for “an immediate end to this unjust practice and for steps to be taken to prevent waste treatment facilities being operated by Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territories”.

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