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The Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence will resume its examination of demolitions and the forced displacement of people in the occupied Palestinian territory at a meeting, tomorrow Tuesday, 18 May in Leinster House, Committee Room 2 at 12.30pm.
Representatives from the West Bank Protection Consortium (WBPC) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Defence are scheduled to appear before the Committee virtually.
The witnesses include Christopher Holt and Simon Randles from the West Bank Protection Consortium and Cait Moran, Director of the Middle East, North Africa Unit and Feilim McLaughlin, Director of Global Programmes, Irish Aid, from the Department of Foreign Affairs.
Committee Cathaoirleach Charlie Flanagan TD said: “The Middle East Peace Process is a matter for priority consideration for the Committee. Members will continue to review the position in the occupied Palestinian territories, in respect of displacements and the demolition of public and private buildings, when it meets with representatives of the West Bank Protection Consortium and the Department of Foreign Affairs tomorrow.
“The Committee welcomes this engagement and following these meetings will consider the evidence and will publish and lay a report of its findings before both the Dáil and Seanad.”
The Ambassador, Head of Mission of Palestine, Dr Jilan Abdalmajid, and the Ambassador of Israel to Ireland, H. E. Mr. Ophir Kariv were among the witnesses the Committee heard from last week.
The West Bank Protection Consortium is a partnership between the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO), ten Member States and International NGO’s, formed in 2015. Watch the meeting live.