Palestine: Poverty

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:28 am on 6th July 2006.

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Photo of Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean Labour 11:28 am, 6th July 2006

My Lords, I thank my noble friend for that response, but does she not agree with me that there will have to be a serious international effort to stop the violence if a humanitarian crisis is to be avoided? Does she agree that real pressure has to be brought to bear on the Palestinians by the international community to release the captured young Israeli soldier and to stop the Qasem rocket attacks on Israel, and that, at the same time, serious international pressure has to be brought to bear on the Israelis to restore the power supply to the Palestinians, which has been cut, and to facilitate vital international aid reaching Palestinian women and children to avoid real and continuing hardship?