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Israel using British law to restrict movement in Palestine - Anderson

12 November, 2014 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said Israel is using a British law to restrict movement in Palestine. 

Speaking after meeting representatives of the UN Habitat group in Brussels, Ms Anderson said; 

"I met with Frank d'Hondt from UN Habitat in Brussels today to discuss the difficulties faced by Palestinians living in an area of the West Bank known as Area C.

"Thousands of Palestinians in Area C face difficulties every day because their movement is controlled and restricted by the Israeli government. 

"Palestinian communities have lost access to their land because of Israeli settlement expansion. Many have demolition orders against their homes and very few have access to the electricity or water networks. 

"Access to this land would not only allow Palestinians to build adequate housing for communities, but it would also provide opportunities to grow and develop the economy. 

"By restricting and controlling access the Israeli government is putting yet another stranglehold on the Palestinian people. Effectively Israel is trying to annex this land, contrary to international law. 

"The law the Israelis are using to block access dates back to the British Mandatory Regional Outline Plan which was developed in the 1920s and 30s for colonisation. 

"That is still being used today to block Palestinians from accessing their own land. 

"The British government should denounce this use of out-dated law at Westminster. 

"This would allow UN Habitat to work with the Palestinian authority to challenge this unfair legislation which is denying Palestinians their human rights." 

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