Israel: Hand in Hand Schools

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:20 am on 19th April 2007.

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Photo of Baroness Williams of Crosby Baroness Williams of Crosby Liberal Democrat 11:20 am, 19th April 2007

My Lords, Hand in Hand and similar experiments are very welcome but we should be realistic and recognise that there are 750 children in Hand in Hand schools, and that the great bulk of children in Israel and Palestine are still educated in schools that are effectively segregated. Given that, can the Foreign Office, or possibly DfID, help both Israel and the Palestinian areas by looking at the curriculum by which schools work in the separate countries, and which are fundamentally very inclined towards separatism and stressing fundamental differences rather than similarities? Is that not one of the keys to spreading more widely the excellent work to which the noble Lord, Lord Turnberg, referred?