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UN, EU urge Israel to stop demolition of Bedouin village in West Bank

The European Union and the United Nations have called on the Israeli regime to halt its plan to raze a village belonging to Palestinian Bedouin families in the occupied West Bank, saying such actions are contrary to international law and undermine peace efforts.

According to Press TV, in a tweet on Wednesday, the office of Nikolay Mladenov, the UN Middle East Peace Envoy, condemned Zionist regime’s demolitions of Palestinian dwellings in the Abu Nuwar community and the regime’s “preparations to demolish Khan Al-Ahmar,” located east of al-Quds.

The expulsion of several dozen Bedouin families from Khan al-Ahmar is seen as enabling future expansion of the Israeli settlement of Kfar Adumim.

“Israel should stop such actions and plans for relocating Bedouin communities in the occupied West Bank,” the tweet read. “Such actions are contrary to international law and undermine the two-state solution.”

The European Union also said in a statement that the demolitions “together with plans for new settlement construction for Israelis in the same area, exacerbate threats to the viability of the two-state solution and further undermine prospects for a lasting peace.”

The EU “expects the Israeli authorities to reverse these decisions and fully meet its obligations as an occupying power under International Humanitarian Law,” the statement said.

Several European countries, including Britain, France and Ireland, also joined forces to prevent the demolition plan by Israeli troops.

“In accordance with our long-standing policy, we therefore condemn such a move, which would strike a major blow to prospects for a two-state solution, said Britain’s Minister of State for the Middle East Alistair Burt while addressing the parliament.

Burt said that the British ambassador had protested the matter on Monday to Israeli National Security Adviser Meir Ben Shabbat.

“This should not be happening and need not be happening,” added Burt.

Several British lawmakers called for London to immediately and unilaterally recognize a Palestinian state in response to the evacuation of Khan al-Ahmar and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s refusal to abide by international law.

The French Foreign Ministry also condemned Israel’s plans for the Palestinian community as going against international humanitarian law, saying the demolition makes the already precarious living conditions of the villages’ residents more difficult.

“The villages are also located in an area which is essential for the continuity of a future Palestinian state and thus the viability of the two-state solution, which has been undermined today by the Israeli authorities’ decisions,” French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Agnes Von Der Muhll said in a statement.

Paris called on the Israeli authorities to “refrain from any measures aimed at extending [Israeli] settlements in the occupied territories or making them permanent, in contravention of international law, as United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 reaffirms. France, in conjunction with its European partners, will continue to keep a close eye on the issue.”

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