France and other EU members urge Israel not to raze village

Israel/Palestinian Territories – Joint statement by France, Germany, Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom on the situation of the village of Khan al-Ahmar¹

Paris, 10 September 2018

France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom have repeatedly expressed their concern about the village of Khan al-Ahmar, which is located in a sensitive location in Area C, of strategic importance for preserving the contiguity of a future Palestinian state.

We took note of Wednesday’s decision by the Israeli Supreme Court leaving a demolition of Khan al-Ahmar up to the discretion of the Israeli government.

We therefore join High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini in reiterating our call to the Israeli government not to go ahead with its plan to demolish the village – including its school – and displace its residents.

The consequences a demolition and displacement would have on the residents of this community, including their children, as well as on the prospects of the two-state solution would be very serious./.

¹ Source of original English text: Foreign and Commonwealth Office website.

Published on 12/09/2018

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