Belgium condemns the recent demolition of four homes in the occupied Palestinian Territories (in al-Rakeez, south of Hebron) by the Israeli authorities. This essential infrastructure was built with Belgian funding, as part of humanitarian aid implemented by the West Bank Protection Consortium. Our country asks Israel for compensation or restitution for these destructions.
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06 NovPress release
23 JulDeputy Prime Ministers Alexander De Croo and Didier Reynders condemn the destruction of a project funded by Belgium south of HebronPress release
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.
09 NovDidier Reynders and Alexander De Croo met Riyad al-Malki, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Palestinian AuthorityPress release
On November 7th, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo had a long exchange with Dr. Riyad al-Malki, Foreign Affairs Minister of the Palestinian Authority. The meeting allowed the ministers to address a whole series of bilateral questions, including development cooperation. Also the Middle East Peace Process and the Belgian priorities at the United Nations Security Council were discussed.
14 SepPress release
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.
01 JunDidier Reynders and Alexander De Croo worried by the continuing tensions in Israel and the Palestinian territoriesPress release
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.
15 MayPress release
Violence in the Gaza Strip: reaction of Prime Minister Charles Michel and of Vice-Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders. "We call on the United Nations to conduct an international investigation".
07 DecPress release
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.
20 OctPress release
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.
27 SepPress release
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.
24 AugDidier Reynders and Alexander De Croo condemn the demolition of schools in the Palestinian territoriesPress release
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo condemn the demolition by Israeli authorities of a school in Area C of the occupied Palestinian territory, in Jubbet Ad-Dib, near Bethlehem, which had been financed by various international donors, including Belgium. This destruction follows the seizure on August 9th of solar panels in Area C of the occupied Palestinian territory, in the village of Abu Nwar. These solar panels, which had been financed by the Belgian Development Cooperation, supplied the premises and playground of another school.