DUBLIN, Ireland - Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has taken issue with Israel over the forced evacuations of Palestinians from their homes, and widespread demolitions in the village of Sur Baher, on the outskirts of East Jerusalem.
"I strongly condemn this morning's demolitions in Sur Baher," Coveney said on Tuesday.
"Regrettably, once again we are seeing Israeli authorities evict members of a population which should be under their protection."
"The practice of demolitions and forced evictions is contrary to Israel's obligations under International Law. These actions cause further suffering to ordinary Palestinians, destroying their livelihoods," the tanaiste said.
"It is particularly concerning that most of the demolished properties are in Areas A and B, in which, even by Israeli practice, it is for the Palestinian Authority to grant permission for development."
"Ireland stands by the long-standing and agreed parameters of a two state solution. I am closely following developments and call on Israel to halt plans for any further demolitions in Sur Baher," Coveney said..