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Occupied Territories: Housing

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Israeli counterpart on the position of Palestinians seeking to recover their property inside illegal Israeli settlements from UK residents and companies. (229920)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the British Consulate in Jerusalem has provided guidance to UK nationals living in Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories about the risk attached to legal title of property therein. (229925)

We have not provided any such advice. We would discourage any British national from purchasing property in a settlement. We consider all settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories to be illegal under international law and a serious obstacle to peace. Potential purchasers should also consider that a future peace agreement could have consequences for property they purchase in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.