His research and analysis of Britain’s involvement in the Middle East is second to none. (HL15842). (HL16124), Answer: Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on: 17 June 2019. Reminding the public what Israel does to Palestine and its inhabitants can get a news outlet, be it mainstream or independent, into all sorts of trouble. Demolitions and evictions of Palestinians from their homes cause unnecessary suffering to ordinary Palestinians; call into question Israel’s commitment to a viable two-state solution; and, in all but the most exceptional of cases, are contrary to International Humanitarian Law. Q Asked by Lord Hylton on: 29 January 2019, Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Israeli Settlements: Palestinians HL13216. Our Ambassador to Israel discussed the issue of settler violence with the Israeli Attorney General on 6 November. He described the educational work of the Balfour Project (www.balfourproject.org) and its mission: The BLM UK account wrote: "As Israel moves forward with the annexation of the West Bank, and mainstream British politics is gagged of the right to critique Zionism, and Israel's settler colonial pursuits, we loudly and clearly stand beside our Palestinian comrades. Through our Embassy in Tel Aviv we have lobbied the Israeli authorities on the issue of movement and access. But as a friend of Israel, we are concerned about any development which would undermine this commitment, including the Nation State Bill which removes Arabic as an official language. The comparisons made between Trump and the new Prime Minister, while made in jest, may have some truth to them, and it’s more than blond locks. The Sun Online has gone to BLM UK for comment. “Having fatigue about the Israel / Palestine conflict is a form of self-indulgence we simply cannot afford”. To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will place in the Library a copy of the draft UK-Israel agreement that has been agreed in principle for trading arrangements after the UK leaves the EU. To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the prospects for peace between Palestine and Israel. We consider that the level of control that Israel retains over the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza amounts to occupation under international law, Hence Israel’s presence is governed by the provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, to which Israel is a state party. Q Asked by Wes Streeting: (Ilford North) on: 26 November 2018, Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Palestinians: Human Rights. To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made representations to the government of Israel about the administrative detention imposed since July 2017 of Ms Khalida Jarrar, an elected member of the Palestinian Legislative Assembly; and if so, what response they received. Over 1.5 million Palestinians, displaced due to the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, 1967 Six-Day War and Israeli occupation, live in Palestine refugee camps in Lebanon, Jordan, the Syrian Arab Republic, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank – and over half of the individuals in Gaza and 45.4 per cent of individuals in refugee camps live in subsistence poverty. He warned that Prime Minister Netanyahu’s electoral promise (in April) to annex West Bank settlements was an “existential threat” to the outcome of two sovereign, independent states which is UK/EU policy. HL13187. To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they intend to make to the government of Israel following reports of attacks against Palestinian farmers and shepherds by Israeli settlers in the West Bank. ​The UK has repeatedly made clear to Israel our longstanding concerns about the manner in which the Israel Defence Forces respond to protests in the border areas, including use of live ammunition. We will also continue to support the implementation of Paris Protocol measures in relation to the transfer of taxes and fees Israel collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (PA), and any measures agreed by the parties to transfer the responsibility of revenue collection. Answer: Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on: 16 April 2019. We regularly raise our grave concerns on this issue with the Government of Israel and urge it to reverse its policy of settlement expansion.

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