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MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION
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11.9.2018
PE624.095v01-00
 
B8-0386/2018

to wind up the debate on the statement by the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

pursuant to Rule 123(2) of the Rules of Procedure


on the threat of demolition of Khan al-Ahmar and other Bedouin villages (2018/2849(RSP))


Charles Tannock on behalf of the ECR Group

on the threat of demolition of Khan al-Ahmar and other Bedouin villages (2018/2849)  
B8‑0386/2018

The European Parliament,

having regard to its previous resolutions on the Middle East Peace Process,

having regard to the report of the Middle East Quartet of 1 July 2016,

having regard to the joint statement by the Governments of France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK of 10 September 2018,

–  having regard to Rule 123(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A. whereas in 2010 the Israeli High Court ruled that the entire cluster of structures of Khan al-Ahmar had been built illegally, in violation of the planning and zoning laws, and therefore had to be demolished; whereas the High Court also emphasised that the Israeli authorities needed to find a suitable alternative for the school and for the residents of the community;

B.whereas the village of Khan al-Ahmar was constructed in 2009 and is located in Area C in the West Bank;

C.whereas the structures of the village are located along a busy highway connecting Jerusalem and the Dead Sea and are not connected to any basic infrastructure;

D.whereas since 2010 the Bedouin community in Khan al-Ahmar and the Israeli Civil Administration have engaged in dialogue in order to find a mutually agreed solution for relocation;

E.whereas the Bedouin community in Khan al-Ahmar has rejected any compromise offered by the Israeli authorities, including plans to relocate from Khan al-Ahmar to West Jahalin, about 8 km away, where each family was to receive a developed plot of land and be connected to basic infrastructure, the full expense of which, along with the funding for a new school, was to be covered by the Israeli authorities;

F.whereas on 5 September 2018, the Israeli High Court rejected a petition to prevent the demolition of Khan al-Ahmar, thereby allowing its demolition at the discretion of the Israeli Government;

G.whereas the settlement and relocation of Bedouin communities have often been a cause of tension between those communities and the authorities in the Middle Eastern countries where they reside;

1. Notes that the case of Khan al-Ahmar has repeatedly been handled in the Israeli courts since 2010 and that Khan al-Ahmar has been ruled to have been constructed illegally, thereby allowing its demolition at the discretion of the Israeli Government;

2. Expresses its concern at the impact of the demolition on the Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar and the possible consequences for a viable resolution of the Middle East Peace Process;

3. Notes the consistent refusal by the Khan al-Ahmar community of any relocation alternatives provided by the Israeli authorities, and urges all parties to work constructively towards a mutually appropriate solution;

4. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the EU Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process, the governments and parliaments of the Member States, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the governments and parliaments of the members of the UN Security Council, the Middle East Quartet Envoy, the Knesset and the Government of Israel, and the President of the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian Legislative Council.

 

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