British Government’s Current Position: Settler violence towards Palestinians

Question by Baroness Tonge (Independent) on 14th September 2020 (HL7734)

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking with the government of Israel to provide protection to Palestinian farmers in the West Bank from attacks by Israeli settlers.

Answer from Lord Ahmad (Conservative) on 14th September 2020

We are troubled by reports of assaults on farmers and vandalism of agricultural land. We continue to raise with Israeli counterparts our concerns about Israeli settler violence, and continue to stress the importance of the Israeli security forces providing appropriate protection to the Palestinian civilian population.

Question by Baroness Tonge (Independent) on 23rd June 2020 (HL6099)

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports that (1) crops have been burnt by Israeli settlers, and (2) that Israeli soldiers prevented Palestinians putting out the fire.

Answer from Lord Ahmad (Conservative) on 6th July 2020

We have not made an assessment of these reports. We continue to raise with Israeli counterparts our concerns about settler violence and have also stressed the importance of the Israel security forces providing appropriate protection to the Palestinian civilian population.

Question: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel about the reported increase of violence by settlers towards Palestinian property in Al-Tuwani and elsewhere, including the destruction of olive groves and writing offensive graffiti. (HL16124)

Answer: Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Conservative) on: 17 June 2019

We continue to condemn violence by settlers against Palestinians and stress the importance of the Israel security forces providing appropriate protection to the Palestinian civilian population. Officials from our Embassy in Tel Aviv raised settler violence with the Israeli Ministry of Justice on 6 June. Under international law, Israel, as the occupying power, has an obligation to take all measures in its power to protect the Palestinian population from acts of violence.

Q Asked by Lord Hylton on: 29 January 2019

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Israeli Settlements: Palestinians HL13216

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the manslaughter charge given to a teenager for the death of Aisha al-Rabi in the West Bank, whether they have held discussions with the government of Israel about the equal treatment in law of Israeli settlers and Palestinians who have committed acts of violence.

A Answered by: Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Conservative) on 11 February 2019

​Whilst we have not raised this issue specifically with the Israeli Government, we condemn all violence by settlers against Palestinians and urge the Israeli authorities to thoroughly investigate every instance and bring those responsible to justice. We repeatedly call on Israel to abide by its obligations under international law and have a regular dialogue with Israel on legal issues relating to the occupation.

Q Asked by Baroness Tonge (Independent) on 08 January 2019

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Israeli Settlements: Palestinians HL12684

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they intend to make to the government of Israel following reports of attacks against Palestinian farmers and shepherds by Israeli settlers in the West Bank.

A Answered by: Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Conservative) 21 January 2019

​​We are aware of reports about attacks against Palestinian farmers. While we have not raised this specific issue, officials from our Embassy in Tel Aviv raised the issue of settler violence and the importance of accountability with the Israeli authorities on 3 January. Our Ambassador to Israel discussed the issue of settler violence with the Israeli Attorney General on 6 November. The British Government condemns any violence by settlers against Palestinians. Under international law, Israel, as the occupying power, has an obligation to take all measures in its power to protect the Palestinian population from all acts of violence.

Q Asked by Baroness Tonge (Independent) on 26 November 2018

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Hebron: Ambulance Services. HL11818

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel about allegations of an attack by Jewish settlers in the Old City of Hebron on Red Crescent ambulances trying to transfer Palestinian patients to hospital.

A Answered by: Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Conservative) on 06 December 2018

​While we have not made representations on this specific issue, officials from our Embassy in Tel Aviv raised the issue of settler violence and the importance of accountability with the Israeli Ministry of Justice on 29 October. The British Government condemns any violence by settlers against Palestinians. We are clear that medical staff should have the protection that allows them to do their jobs in safety.

Q Asked by Baroness Tonge (Independent) on 12 December 2018

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: West Bank: Sewage. HL12271

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the contamination of schools and communities in the West Bank with sewage, reportedly dumped by Israeli settlers.

A Answered by: Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Conservative) on 21 December 2018

​While we have not raised this specific issue with the Israeli authorities, we have made clear to the Israeli authorities our concerns about the humanitarian and environmental impact of the damage to water sources and the destruction of Palestinian agricultural land that has been caused by settlement-related activity. We condemn the destruction of Palestinian property and have called on the Israeli authorities to cease such activity.

Q Asked by Baroness Tonge (Independent) 08 January 2019

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Israel: West Bank. HL12681

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the safety and security of the Palestinian population following a reported increase in Israeli violence against Palestinians in the West Bank including East Jerusalem, during the second half of December 2018.

A Answered by: Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Conservative) 21 January 2019

​Officials from our Embassy in Tel Aviv raised the issue of settler violence and the importance of accountability with the Israeli authorities on 3 January. Our Ambassador to Israel discussed the issue of settler violence with the Israeli Attorney General on 6 November. The British Government condemns any violence by settlers against Palestinians. Under international law, Israel, as the occupying power, has an obligation to take all measures in its power to protect the Palestinian population from all acts of violence.

Q Asked by Baroness Tonge (Independent) 24 January 2019

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Israeli Settlements: Palestinians. HL13137

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the government of Israel to protect Palestinian farmers in Area C of the West Bank whose trees and vineyards have been destroyed by settlers.

A Answered by: Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Conservative) 05 February 2019

Officials from our Embassy in Tel Aviv raised the issue of settler violence and the importance of accountability with the Israeli authorities on 3 January. We are aware of the difficulties facing Palestinian olive growers. We have expressed our serious concerns to the Israeli Government and security officials about the destruction of olive trees and the prevention of access to them on a number of occasions. The British Government condemns any violence by settlers against Palestinians. Under international law, Israel, as the occupying power, has an obligation to take all measures in its power to protect the Palestinian population from all acts of violence. ​

Q Asked by Baroness Tonge (Independent) on 08 January 2019

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Israeli Settlements: Palestinians. HL12685

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take to protect Palestinians in the West Bank whose land is being used by Israeli settlers to build new settlements under the protection of the Israeli military.

A Answered by: Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Conservative) on 21 January 2019

​The Government funds a number of projects to monitor and report on settlement expansion in East Jerusalem and the West Bank and to protect vulnerable Palestinian communities from the effects of settlement expansion. The Minister for the Middle East and North Africa issued a statement on 27 December expressing our disappointment in the latest announcement by the Government of Israel to advance over 2,800 housing units in settlements in the West Bank. Such actions are illegal under international law and call into question Israel’s commitment to any future peace agreement with the Palestinians. We strongly urge Israel to cease such actions. We regularly raise our grave concerns on this issue with the Government of Israel and urge it to reverse its policy of settlement expansion.

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