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Backbench Business — Palestine and Israel

Part of Business of the House – in the House of Commons at 8:53 pm on 13th October 2014.

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Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government) 8:53 pm, 13th October 2014

I agree entirely with my hon. Friend.

Mia concluded her letter with the following:

“I’m so ANGRY about what’s going on in Gaza. Most people are, I think, which is why I’m confused as to why it’s being allowed to continue. If this cycle of hate and violence is ever going to end, it has to start now with an end to killing—of Palestinians and Israelis.”

Ms Thomas is clearly a brave woman. She came back impassioned, disillusioned and angry. That anger and disillusionment was not just about the conflict she had witnessed; it was about her frustration that those of us in this House were not giving her a voice. Today I want to give her a voice, in the same way that I believe we must give Palestinians a voice.