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Israel and East Jerusalem: Property

Volume 718: debated on Thursday 25 March 2010


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the government of Israel requesting that all property claims in Israel and east Jerusalem be treated on a basis of equality, in particular those dating from 1948; and whether they will raise the matter in the European Union in the context of the human rights clause of the European Union–Israel Association Agreement. [HL2817]

The UK does not recognise the illegal Israeli annexation of east Jerusalem. We have consistently raised concerns about actions taken directly by the Israeli Government or by private organisations with the support of the Israeli legal system (such as the absentee property law and the enforcement of pre-1948 property claims by Jewish litigants to Palestinian land where no such parallel right exists for Palestinian litigants) that have the effect of altering the demographic balance of Jerusalem. This includes the building of settlements on occupied land, the eviction of Palestinian families from their homes and the demolition of Palestinian housing.