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Parliamentary question - E-004944/2021(ASW)Parliamentary question
E-004944/2021(ASW)

Answer given by High Representative/Vice-President Borrell on behalf of the European Commission

The EU is closely following the cases of the Health Work Committee workers charged in the Israeli Military Court, including that of the director, Ms Shatha Odeh. On several occasions, the Office of the EU Representative in West Bank and Gaza has attended and observed Ms Odeh’s trial hearings and is in contact with her lawyer and the Odeh family on the trial proceedings as well as her detention conditions.

More generally, with regard to the issue of Palestinian prisoners, the EU has been regularly addressing this matter with Israel, and has called on Israel to fully respect international humanitarian law as well as its human rights obligations and international standards towards all prisoners, also in light of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

The continued support and funding of Palestinian civil society organisations is an important element of the EU’s support for the two-state solution. The EU also considers a thriving civil society essential to ensuring effective protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms and in contributing to achieve lasting peace and security in the occupied Palestinian territory, in Israel, and in the wider region.

Last updated: 12 January 2022
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