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Business of the House

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:33 am on 3rd July 2014.

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Photo of Gerald Kaufman Gerald Kaufman Labour, Manchester, Gorton 10:33 am, 3rd July 2014

Will the right hon. Gentleman ask the Foreign Secretary to make an urgent statement in which he condemns the murder by Israeli terrorists of the Palestinian, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, who was kidnapped yesterday? The murder was the outcome of the hysteria that was deliberately provoked by the Israeli Prime Minister following the kidnap and murder of three Israeli teenagers. Will he ask the Foreign Secretary to send our sympathy to the family of Mohammed Abu Khdeir; to join the American Secretary of State, John Kerry, who has described the murder as “sickening”; and to make it clear to the Israelis that we expect nothing more than the hunting down and bringing to justice of the murderers of this poor boy?


Andy Smith
Posted on 5 Jul 2014 12:39 am (Report this annotation)

This question reveals Kaufman's shocking anti-Israeli prejudice as he is Jewish, yet never condemns Palestinian Arab terrorism or incitement to terrorism by the Palestinian Authority and its terrorist henchmen, Hamas.

A murder is a murder and Israeli PM Netanyahu condemned both the murder of 3 Israelis and the murder of 1 Palestinian, in line with the Jewish and Christian commands in Exodus chapter 20 that you shall not murder.

Mr Kaufman needs to explain to the House why he lied to its Members when he stated that "hysteria was deliberately provoked by the Israeli Prime Minister". If there has been any hysteria recently, it has been Kaufman's as he is simply ignoring the condemnation by the Israeli PM. In my opinion, Kaufman should be forced to apologise to the House.

Terry Lawson
Posted on 5 Jul 2014 1:24 am (Report this annotation)

Clearly this was an attempt to smear Israel with no credible evidence to support it. The murdered Palestinian was more likely to have been killed by his own people for whatever motive. Kaufmann appears to be stoking up racial hatred towards Israel based on a left wing liberal biased agenda with no real interest in what is actually happening in Israel. Hamas were in real propaganda trouble with the botched kidnapping of the 3 teenagers so how convenient to have a murdered Palestinian teenager to counter this. Aided by the BBC reporters poor journalism or is it their own agenda, anti-Israel propaganda is being stirred up when the real story of the 3 murdered Jews has been conveniently forgotten. Gerald Kaufmann its time for you to retire and try looking in the mirror you might hate what you see. I know I hate looking at you.

Terry Lawson
Posted on 5 Jul 2014 1:32 am (Report this annotation)

By the way Kaufmann if you know that it was israeli terrorists that carried out the murder presumably you are providing the evidence to the Israeli Police. Or did you make that up to make people prejudiced against Israel. I'm guessing its the latter. It makes my blood boil that we pay people like you for being an MP. You really should be investigated for stirring up racial hatred but will hide behind Parliamentary Privilege. Democracy in this country is joke when racists like you can get away with statements in the house that if I said them in the street I could be arrested.

ucy abdula
Posted on 12 Jul 2014 11:35 pm (Report this annotation)

Don't resign I appreciate and respect what you say. I am beginning to feel the media world in most Western countries side with Israel and it is nice to hear a person point out this bias. People are dying everyday the whole situation is disgusting, innocent people being murdered day in day out. However, if one ignores media from the bbc, fox news and watches videos posted by civilians you can clearly see the Palastinians are outmatched they have nothing they have been persecuted and squahed into tiny areas left with nothing. Children, women and men are arrested daily for nothing beaten and imprisoned by Israeli soldiers. The pressure has been building for some time it was only a matter of time before the Palestinians hit back. Don't get me wrong I am not making excuses for the murders committed, but it is disgusting the threats a whole race and nation of people are recieving as a result of it that will ultimately lead to more murder and condemnation of the Palestinians.