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Israel and Gaza (20 May 2024)

Brendan O'Hara: ...humanity. The ICC says that it has evidence, including interviews with survivors and eyewitnesses, that shows that Israel has intentionally and systematically deprived the civilian population of Gaza of what they need to survive. It has referred specifically to Israel using starvation as a weapon of war, and intentionally directing attacks against a civilian population. All these are acts...

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Middle East: UN Security Council (30 Apr 2024)

Brendan O'Hara: ...and rebuilding programme, in which UNRWA will have, and must have, a crucial part to play. Indeed, he has previously acknowledged that UNRWA has a vital role to play in providing aid and services in Gaza. Why, then, having assured this House that he will come to a decision on the future of UNRWA’s funding when he received Catherine Colonna’s interim report, has he sat on that report...

Humanitarian Situation in Gaza (17 Apr 2024)

Brendan O'Hara: Under-standably, perhaps, the world’s attention has been on the shocking Iranian missile attack at the weekend, but we cannot and must not forget about the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, and the plight of millions of innocent civilians facing a man-made famine and living with the constant threat of attack. Neither can we forget the immensely brave humanitarian aid workers, particularly the...

Israel and Gaza (19 Mar 2024)

Brendan O'Hara: ...reports of an imminent famine should surprise no one; we have all known that this deliberate, man-made famine was coming. The Foreign Affairs Committee has just returned from al-Arish, on the Egypt-Gaza border, where we saw hundreds and hundreds of lorryloads of food and aid waiting for permission to get into Gaza. Let us be very clear about our language here: the people of Gaza are not...

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Humanitarian Situation in Gaza (12 Mar 2024)

Brendan O'Hara: The Minister will have seen the shocking images of parachutes dropping aid into Gaza at the same moment as a barrage of Israeli missiles struck. There is, of course, every chance that the aid and the missiles originated from the same source, and I wonder at the level of cognitive dissonance required to supply aid to innocent civilians while at the same time providing the means by which Israel...

Ceasefire in Gaza (21 Feb 2024)

Brendan O'Hara: I beg to move, That this House calls for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and Israel; notes with shock and distress that the death toll has now risen beyond 28,000, the vast majority of whom were women and children; further notes that there are currently 1.5 million Palestinians sheltering in Rafah, 610,000 of whom are children; also notes that they have nowhere else to go; condemns any...

Ceasefire in Gaza (21 Feb 2024)

Brendan O'Hara: and of itself bringing about a ceasefire, support for this motion would further remove that ever-thinning veil of legitimacy that the UK’s continued support gives to Israel’s merciless war in Gaza. It would also show the beleaguered and battered people of Palestine that we care and we have not forgotten them. Calling for an immediate ceasefire would be a pivotal moment in the...

Ceasefire in Gaza (21 Feb 2024)

Brendan O'Hara: ...else pre-supposes that there can be a military solution to this conflict. Any other form of words threatens to give credence to the idea that Israel’s deploying its massive military capacity in Gaza will somehow be enough to destroy Hamas. In reality, as everyone knows and as history tells us, the only possible solution to this crisis is a political solution.

Ceasefire in Gaza (21 Feb 2024)

Brendan O'Hara: .... If it does not, there is no pathway. I will address directly the issue of humanitarian pauses in a moment. When the SNP last called for a vote on the ceasefire on 15 November, the death toll in Gaza stood at 11,320—already a heartbreaking number of people killed. Just yesterday, John Hopkins University and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine released their analysis, which...

Ceasefire in Gaza (21 Feb 2024)

Brendan O'Hara: ...for what they used to call, and some people still do call, “humanitarian pauses”—the convoluted idea of organised fixed-term pauses in the killing that would allow emergency aid into Gaza, only for the carnage to resume at a prearranged date and time. That should be seen for what it always was: a smokescreen for politicians to hide behind while waiting to see in which direction the...

Ceasefire in Gaza (21 Feb 2024)

Brendan O'Hara: ...surviving sister, Ahlam, added: “My brother Mohammed…was only recognized by his hair; nothing was left of my brother Khalil except his hand”. Thirty-year-old Ahmad Nasman, a physiotherapist in Gaza, lost his wife and their three children, aged five, four, and just three months, along with both of his parents and his sister when a missile hit their home. He said it took him four days...

Kurdistan Region of Iraq — [Hannah Bardell in the Chair] ( 7 Feb 2024)

Brendan O'Hara: ...the status of the province of Kirkuk and control of its oil fields. The hon. Member for Filton and Bradley Stoke was right when he said that against that backdrop, and the unfolding catastrophe in Gaza, there was a missile attack last month by an Iran-affiliated group that claimed to have hit an Israeli spy base near Irbil. It was a blatant and flagrant breach of sovereignty, which was...

Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (29 Jan 2024)

Brendan O'Hara: ..., ridicule and undermine South Africa’s case, the International Court of Justice delivered a damning provisional ruling that ordered Israel to take all measures to prevent acts of genocide in Gaza. The ruling has left the UK Government with nowhere to hide, as they now have a legal obligation to protect Palestinian civilians—an obligation that should, at the very least, mean an...

Defending the UK and Allies (15 Jan 2024)

Brendan O'Hara: .... It comes as a package; we cannot pick and choose which bits we want to uphold and which we want to ignore. Is he unable to see how ignoring Israel’s egregious breaches of international law in Gaza, while purporting to act in defence of it in Yemen, actually undermines international law and the rules-based order?

Israel and Palestine ( 8 Jan 2024)

Brendan O'Hara: Thank you, Mr Speaker, and may I wish you and your staff a very happy new year? Of course, it has not been a happy new year for the 2 million desperate and terrified people trapped inside Gaza, for whom 2024 brought further constant bombardment as well as the threat of famine and disease, with 50,000 people injured and almost 25,000 confirmed killed. That proves that repeated pleas from this...

Israel and Gaza (19 Dec 2023)

Brendan O'Hara: ...tens of thousands have already been killed and in which, at the weekend, according to the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, “a sniper of the IDF murdered two women inside the Holy Family Parish in Gaza.” If the UK is unable to support a ceasefire now, when will it? What has to happen before this Government say enough is enough, and that the indiscriminate killing of innocents, the blanket...

Backbench Business: Universal Declaration of Human Rights and UN Convention on Genocide — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] ( 7 Dec 2023)

Brendan O'Hara: ...150 countries being signatories to the genocide convention, making them legally obliged to act against genocide, we still witness atrocities in Ukraine, Tigray, Darfur, Xinjiang, Afghanistan and Gaza, while other areas display the early warning signs of being at risk. As we mark the 75th anniversary of the UDHR, the sad reality is that the noble ambition of its founders has been lost in a...

Attorney General: Hamas and Israel: Breaches of International Law ( 7 Dec 2023)

Brendan O'Hara: ...of the Court.” Given that in 2022 the UK referred Russia to the ICC, can we assume that the UK will comply with any request from the ICC for footage from the reconnaissance flights operating over Gaza? If not, what would be the legal basis for refusing an ICC request?

Gaza: Humanitarian Situation ( 4 Dec 2023)

Brendan O'Hara: Exactly as it said it would at the end of the humanitarian pause, Israel has resumed its offensive in Gaza with full force, including an appalling attack on the Médecins Sans Frontières aid convoy. Official figures estimate that 1,000 Palestinians were killed this weekend alone. A massive cull of innocent civilians is taking place right now. It is blatantly obvious that all appeals made by...

Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (14 Nov 2023)

Brendan O'Hara: ...having a Foreign Secretary who is unable to come to speak in this Chamber to elected Members at a time of grave international crisis. The Minister is right to highlight the appalling loss of life in Gaza, particularly among children and aid workers. Sadly, there is little sign of that ending soon as the bombardment intensifies. He is also right to say that a humanitarian crisis is...

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