Part of Oral Answers to Questions — International Development – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 12th March 2008.

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Photo of Michael Moore Michael Moore Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland 11:30 am, 12th March 2008

I join other Members in condemning the violence on both sides of the conflict. I also join the Secretary of State in acknowledging the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

In response to a couple of questions, the Secretary of State has said that international bodies are there to judge whether Israel is in breach of its international obligations. Does he agree with my hon. Friend Mr. Carmichael that Israel is in breach of the Geneva conventions, and, as I asked him when we last discussed these matters, does he think that the Israeli reaction is proportionate?

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William Joicey
Posted on 13 Mar 2008 12:49 pm (Report this annotation)

Does Michael Moore not realise that Hamas is most definitely in breach of Geneva conventions by placing and firing its weapons in civilian areas? Does he not wonder, as I do, why Hamas does this? Is it in the hopes Israel will not retaliate, or is Hamas hoping to increase condemnation of Israel by sacrificing Palestinian civilians?