Dr Charles Tannock

Member of the European Parliament for London

Palestine: raids by Israeli forces on Palestinian TV stations

Delivered in Plenary - 15th March 2012

Madam President,

The events reported last week in which Israeli soldiers raided the Palestinian television stations of Al-Watan TV and Al-Quds Educational TV, confiscating administrative files and broadcasting equipment, do indeed show that tension between the two communities is high.

Palestinians are using approximately 100 unauthorised transmitters on various frequencies and we urge the PA Governmentís Communications Ministry to work more closely with the Israeli authorities to ensure that the facilities that they are using are within the law. While we recognise the fact that the PA has jurisdiction in the West Bank, where the raids took place, we must also recognise the right of Israeli authorities to safeguard their own nationís security to be paramount.

This most recent incident highlights the need for improved communications and cooperation between the various parties. The ECR believes that ultimately a two-state solution is the only way forward. We call upon the authorities of both territories to re-enter peaceful negotiations so that a sustainable solution to the conflict can be found for the future.