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Israel/Palestine (Poverty)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — International Development – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 11th December 2002.

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Photo of Dr Jenny Tonge Dr Jenny Tonge Liberal Democrat, Richmond Park 2:30 pm, 11th December 2002

The situation is dire, as the Secretary of State says. However, does she not think it extraordinary that Prime Minister Sharon should ask the United Nations to address the humanitarian crisis in the west bank and Gaza? I have with me the report of the special envoy. The situation is due not to natural disasters or famine but, as the right hon. Lady says, to a failure of the peace process and the destruction of the Palestinian economy by Israel. Will she and her colleagues in Europe please impress on Israel that it should be addressing the humanitarian crisis, not the international community?