France urges Israel not to demolish Palestinian community

Press briefing by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (excerpts)

Paris, 28 May 2018

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Israel – Palestinian Territories – Threat of demolition in Khan al-Ahmar

France expresses its deep concern regarding the situation of the Palestinian community of Khan al-Ahmar (West Bank), against which demolition orders have been issued by the Israeli authorities.

These demolition orders pose an imminent threat to a Palestinian community that is already extremely vulnerable and which finds itself in an area of strategic importance to the two-state solution and the contiguity of a future Palestinian state. The European Union heads of mission to the Palestinian Authority came to signal their support to it on 14 May.

The demolition of infrastructures in the West Bank, resulting in the evacuation and forced displacement of populations, is contrary to international humanitarian law and in particular the Fourth Geneva Convention.

In this context, France calls on the Israeli authorities not to implement the demolition orders issued against the community of Khan al-Ahmar and to refrain from any measure aimed at extending or perpetuating settlement activity. (…)./.

Published on 29/05/2018

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