REPRESENTATIONS MADE TO GOVERNMENT ABOUT DEMOLITION OF BEDOIUM VILLAGE OF UMM AL-HIRAN IN SOUTHERN ISRAEL

In late November 2016, I was contacted by a large number of constituents concerned about the proposed demolition of the Bedoiun village of Umm al-Hiran in Southern Israel.

In response to the concerns raised with me I sent an urgent letter to the Foreign Secretary, Rt. Hon Boris Johnston MP (see below).

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Umm al-Hiran was established in 1956, after its residents were displaced by Israel from Khirbet Zabaleh.

Following a long legal battle, bulldozers were due to enter the village and demolish it.

In my letter I asked that the Government make urgent representations to the Israeli Government and encourage them to lift the threat of demolition.

I received a response (see below) from Tobias Ellwood MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State responsible for relations with the Middle East.

As you can see from the letter the planned demolition of Umm al-Hiran was raised with the Israeli Ambassador on the 23 November 2016.

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