Monday, April 22, 2024

Govt issues travel bans to extremist Israeli settlers

Prime Minister, Christopher Luxon and Foreign Minister, Winston Peters, have announced travel bans on a number of extremist Israeli settlers who were behind violent attacks against Palestinians in the West Bank.

“New Zealand is seriously concerned by the significant increase in extremist violence perpetrated by Israeli settlers against Palestinian populations in recent months. This is particularly destabilising in what is already a major crisis,” Prime Minister Luxon says.

“New Zealand has taken this step to signal clearly that this behaviour is unacceptable”, Mr Peters says.

“We are imposing travel bans on a number of people known to have committed violent acts. These individuals will not be able to travel to New Zealand.”

The Prime Minister said individuals responsible for perpetrating acts of violence were undermining peace, security and stability in the region.

“New Zealand’s consistent position has been that Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories are a violation of international law,” he said.

“Settlements undermine the prospects for a viable two-state solution. Recent statements by some Israeli ministers about plans for further settlement construction are of serious concern and will raise tensions further between Israelis and Palestinians.

“The international community is overwhelmingly in favour of a future Palestinian state as part of a negotiated two-state solution.”

Mr Peters said New Zealand shares this view, and will continue to advocate for an end to the current conflict and an urgent restart of the Middle East Peace Process.

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