Occupied Territories: Violence

(asked on 20th July 2023) - View Source

Question to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office:

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the (a) prevalence and (b) impact of violence by settlers towards (i) Palestinians and (ii) their property in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Answered by
David Rutley Portrait
David Rutley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
This question was answered on 6th September 2023

All Israelis and Palestinians deserve to live in peace and security. As the occupying power, we urge Israel to fulfil its responsibilities, including ensuring the protection of the civilian population, including from acts of violence by Israeli settlers. In response to incidents of settler violence, we urge Israel to thoroughly investigate, to bring those responsible to justice, and end the culture of impunity. The Minister of State for the Middle East, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon made this clear most recently in his phone call with the Israeli chargé d'affaires on 4 July . The Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP also condemned settler violence in the House in a debate on violence in the West Bank on 4 July.

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