Gaza Border Violence

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:43 pm on 15th May 2018.

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Photo of Shabana Mahmood Shabana Mahmood Labour, Birmingham, Ladywood 12:43 pm, 15th May 2018

The fate of the people of Gaza is to be condemned to live in an open-air prison camp and to be shot dead when they protest and remind the world of their despair. The actions of the Israeli military yesterday are indefensible on any measure. So may I press the Minister to agree that now really is the time to take the one measure that we have at our disposal to send a message to the Israeli Government: formally and immediately to recognise the state of Palestine? It may not change realities on the ground, but it would send a message. We have so few options; he should take this one, and take it now.