Foreign Affairs Committee Condemns the Demolition and Forcible Transfer of the Protected Bedouin Population in Susiya, West Bank Following Motion Proposed by Senator Mark Daly

The Foreign Affairs Committee condemns the proposed demolition and transfer of the inhabitants of the Bedouin village of Susiya in Israeli occupied West Bank. Forcible transfer of the protected population is prohibited according to Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention and is considered to be a grave breach of international humanitarian law according to Article 147 of the Convention.
Senator Mark Daly put forward the motion to the Foreign Affairs Committee condemning the forcible transfer of these inhabitants and the demolition of their homes. Senator Daly proposed that the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade should bring up these concerns of the Committee at the next EU’s Foreign Affairs Council meeting.
46 Bedouin communities containing about 7,000 people in the hills east and north-east of Jerusalem have been the subject of relocation orders since 2011. They have been ordered to move to three designated resettlement areas and there are new indications that the Israeli authorities are advancing these plans.
The village of Susiya in the south Hebron hills is subject to a general demolition order and a previous injunction freezing this was set aside by an Israeli court in May to allow for a planning process to be complete, hence allowing demolition to proceed.
The Minister has said that he agrees with the assessment of the UN Secretary General that these policies amount to forcible transfer, prohibited as mentioned above by the Fourth Geneva Convention. Both Ireland and the EU have consistently condemned the expansions of settlements and the associated policies of evictions and dispossession.

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