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Anderson calls for EU action against repressive Israeli legislation

6 December, 2016 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has condemned Israeli attempts to retrospectively legalise more than 4,000 houses in illegal settlements and hamper religious observance for Palestinians. 

Ms Anderson said; 

"Every day the Palestinian people struggle under Israeli oppression and denial of human rights. 

"This week the Israeli Knesset, is attempting to bring in two more pieces of repressive legislation; one seeking to retrospectively legalise 55 illegal settlements of more than 4,000 houses, and another seeking to prevent the use of loudspeakers for late night and early morning calls to prayer at mosques. 

"There is a need for international action against these oppressive moves, particularly from the EU. 

"The EU is on record as being totally opposed to the retrospective attempts to legitimise settlements which it regards as theft of private land. 

"While the EU has previously voiced concerns, with Israel now maintaining settlements on 47 per cent of privately owned Palestinian land, it is time for action. 

"We need to see more than mere condemnation from the EU and it could start by ensuring retailers and importers clearly label all goods coming from settlements." 

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