Left MEPs condemn demolitions in Bedouin village

Israeli soldiers and police have invaded the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran and begun demolishing homes and buildings, which led to clashes in which a Palestinian man and a police officer were killed.

Chair of the European Parliament Delegation to Palestine Martina Anderson of the United European Left (GUE) has condemned the violence, saying that “The violence inflicted on the Bedouin villagers of Umm al-Hiran by Israeli forces is totally unacceptable. At least two people are dead and more are injured as a result of Israel’s policy of driving Bedouins off their land in order to build Israeli settlements. The hypocrisy of Israel is palpable - while it destroys the homes and lives of Bedouins and Arab Palestinians, it continues to support the construction of illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank, against international law.”

Neoklis Sylikiotis of Cyprus’s Akel party, added that the GUE “…denounce the aggressive attack and discriminatory treatment of the Arab minority in Israel. These outrageous and abhorrent practises should stop immediately as they violate human rights.” He mentioned specifically the attacks on Members of the Palestinian Parliament and the Israeli Knesset, including Ayman Odeh, who leads the Joint List in the Knesset. Sylikiotis called on "the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy,  Vice-President of the Commission, Federica Mongherini, and the EU member states to use the EU-Israel Association Agreement and to put an end to this behaviour."