Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on the latest developments regarding the planned demolition of Khan al-Ahmar
The Israeli High Court rejected the petitions by the residents of Khan al-Ahmar and allowed the Israeli authorities to proceed with the plans for the demolition.
The European Union and its Member States have repeatedly stated their long-standing position on Israel’s settlement policy, illegal under international law, and actions taken in that context, including the demolitions of Palestinian communities and possible forced transfers of population. The community of Khan al-Ahmar is located in a sensitive location in Area C, of strategic importance for preserving the contiguity of a future Palestinian state.
As repeatedly stressed, the consequences of a demolition of this community and the displacement of its residents, including children, against their will, would be very serious and would severely threaten the viability of the two-state solution and undermine prospects for peace.
The European Union calls upon the Israeli authorities to reconsider their decision to demolish Khan al-Ahmar.