Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders condemn the demolition on July 4th of three water tanks, 2500 trees and a fence as part of an OXFAM humanitarian project in Dukaika, south of Hebron, funded by the Belgian Development Cooperation. This project, which was completed in 2015-16, was designed to preserve pastures for livestock, a major source of income for 300 affected people.
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Deputy Prime Ministers Alexander De Croo and Didier Reynders have been following with great concern the developments in the Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar. Like the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and other European countries, they urge the Israeli authorities not to proceed with the demolition of this community, which would lead to the forced displacement of its inhabitants. Much of the infrastructure of this Palestinian community was financed by the EU and its Member States, including Belgium. Furthermore, the Khan al-Ahmar school also serves four other communities in the area.
Ministers Didier Reynders and Alexander De Croo express their grave concern following recent developments on the ground in Israel and the Palestinian territories. The situation, which was already very tense over the last few weeks, has deteriorated on several fronts.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders regrets with some bitterness of the decision of the American President to unilaterally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel. Belgian diplomacy, much as the rest of the world, had sent signals that this was not the right solution. This message was renewed when State Secretary Rex Tillerson was in Brussels this week.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders condemns the decisions taken by the Israeli authorities during the week to allow the construction of thousands of new settlement units across the West Bank.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders laments and condemns the murder of three Israelis, a border guard and two private security guards, yesterday morning near the settlement of Har Adar in the West Bank.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders expresses his concern about the continuing tensions in East Jerusalem. He calls on all parties to restrain and dialogue in order to put an end to violence and prevent more victims.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is, just as the European Union, very worried about the projects to build more than 1800 additional housing units in East Jerusalem. This was announced by the Israeli authorities.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders condemns, like the European Union, the announcements of last week by the Israeli authorities on the construction of thousands of extra settlement units.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders firmly condemns the announcement, on 30 March, of the establishment of a new settlement deep inside the West Bank, on a hilled called 'Geulat Zion', north of Ramallah. This is the first new settlement in more than 25 years. Also, tenders for almost 2.000 units in existing settlements were issued and 97 hectares were transformed into 'state land'.