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Palestine delegation Chair deplores detention of children in Israeli prisons

The Chair of the European Parliament's Delegation for Relations with Palestine, Neoklis Sylikiotis (GUE/NGL, CY), issued the following statement:
"On Universal Children's Day, we express our deep concern that scores of children continue to be arbitrarily arrested, tortured and detained without trial in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
Since 2000, at least 8,000 Palestinian children have been arrested and prosecuted in Israel's military detention system, which is notorious for the systematic ill-treatment and torture of children. (...)

Statement on Israeli demolition of EU-funded Palestinian school unacceptable

The chair of the European Parliament Delegation for relations with Palestine, Neoklis Sylikiotis, has condemned the demolition of EU-funded classrooms serving Palestinian children in the Bedouin and refugee community of Abu Nuwar, on the outskirts of Jerusalem.

"I deplore the demolition by Israeli authorities of two classrooms serving 26 Palestinian school children in 3rd and 4th grade in the Bedouin and refugee community of Abu Nuwar," Sylikiotis said. On 4 February, Israeli authorities demolished the classrooms located in the outskirts of Jerusalem, in the so-called Area C of the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The classrooms had been funded by the European Union and EU Member States.

"The demolitions are a clear violation of human rights, [...]

Statement on the hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails

The European Parliament's Delegation for relations with Palestine supports the hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails as they enter their eighth day of protest for the respect of their human rights and their human dignity.

Delegation Chair Neoklis Sylikiotis (GUE/NGL, CY) made the following statement:
"Palestinian prisoners' rights are already being violated under international law by their transfer out of Palestinian territory to jails in Israel - this is a clear violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Further, prisoners are being punished by being deprived of their family visits, they suffer medical negligence and are subject to administrative detention on secret evidence without charge or trial, for indefinite periods. This in itself is a form of psychological torture".

"We call on EU High Representative Federica Mogherini to insist in any dialogue with Israel that all the Palestinian political prisoners and all the Palestinian children being held illegally be immediately released, and that that Palestinian prisoners must be held within the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and that their human right to a fair trial be respected", Chair Sylikiotis urged on behalf of the Delegation. [...]

Statement on the new settlement announcement by Israel on Palestinian land

The Delegation for relations with Palestine issued a statement in April 2017, condemning the new settlement announcement by Israel on Palestinian land: "The new settlement announced by the Israeli government in the occupied West Bank is illegal under international law and yet another obstacle to the two-state solution. We condemn it unequivocally," Neoklis Sylikiotis, Chair of the Delegation for relations with Palestine said. "The EU and the Member States must act strongly and collectively to defend the two-state solution. It is the only solution for a lasting peace in the region".

Statement on the demolition of Khan Al-Ahmar

On 9 March 2017, a statement was released by the Palestine Delegation, urging the EU to act: "The EU must act swiftly to prevent the demolition of Khan Al-Ahmar".

EU Foreign Affairs and VP/HR Mogherini to take a clear position on Palestine

The Members of the Bureau of the Delegation for relations with Palestine Martina Anderson, Marita Ulvskog and Margrete Auken issued a statement calling on the EU Foreign Affairs and VP/HR Mogherini to take a clear position on Palestine.

Statement of 12 May 2016 on the plenary debate on the West Bank

"In the occupied West Bank, you can almost taste the dust from demolished homes in the air," Martina Anderson, Chair of the Delegation for relations with Palestine, told EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and Members present for a late evening debate in the plenary of the European Parliament in Strasbourg last night.

Over 500 Palestinian homes and other structures have been bulldozed by Israeli authorities since the start of the year, Ms Anderson (GUE/NGL) said, noting the figures were already higher than those registered in all of 2015.

"These demolitions are a clear human rights violation, affecting thousands of Palestinians, and are an obstacle to peace. They are part of a deliberate strategy to displace Palestinians out of the West Bank and make way for more illegal Israeli settlements," Ms Anderson stated.[...]