UK Labour MP condemns Israeli illegal settlements

Alex Cunningham condemns Israel’s “ethnically cleansing” East al-Quds (Jerusalem), calling on the UK government to help stop funding for illegal Israeli businesses in the Palestinian occupied territories.

During a Commons debate on humanitarian issues in occupied East al-Quds on Monday night, Stockton North Labour MP said Jerusalem was not “the international city it should be – free and fair for all residents, regardless of their religion or nationhood.”

Referring to the pressure facing the Palestinians including being surrounded by check points and barriers and being unable to live as united families without permissions from the occupying forces, he added, “It is time to demonstrate that we are just not prepared to support or even tolerate the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from east Jerusalem.”

Furthermore, he called on the British government to help stop EU funding for projects in the Palestinian occupied territories including one that provides monitoring equipment for the Israel’s apartheid wall.

However, British Foreign Office Minister Jeremy Browne ruled out any practical action to stop Israel although he admitted that much of what the Israeli authorities were doing was illegal.

Moreover, Palestine Solidarity Campaign said Labour MP Alex Cunningham had spoken “the truth” and that 15,000 Palestinians had already lost their right of residency in East al-Quds.

“The Jerusalem municipality has admitted that it wants to limit Palestinians to 30 per cent of the total population of the city – currently they represent 38 per cent,” said Palestine Solidarity Campaign spokeswoman Sara Apps.


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Latest Reports of the United Nations

  • New UN Report Shows Sharp Rise In Palestinians Uprooted By Israeli Demolitions – IMEMC – Jan 27, 2012
  • Report OCHA – Demolitions & Forced Displacement – Year 2011 – Report | PDF

Israel’s Jerusalem municipality plans to build more than 50,000 (updated Dec 3, 2011: 85.000) new homes in the city’s occupied eastern sector over two decades:

  • 23,628 homes have already been approved, 20,263 in East Jerusalem and 3,365 in the west.
  • 13,824 are pending review, 12,819 in East Jerusalem and 1,005 in the west.
  • 23,266 housing units are still in planning stages, 19,281 in the east and 3,985 in the west.

Of these, the municipality plans:

  • 10,366 homes in northern East Jerusalem, including illegal Israeli settlement Pisgat Zeev and Palestinian town Beit Hanina.
  • 5,239 homes in southern East Jerusalem, including Gilo settlement and Palestinian district Beit Safafa.
  • 4,886 new units in central eastern Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan and Jerusalem’s Old City.

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Besides this, Israel approved plans to ethnic cleanse 57.000 bedouin from Palestine

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