Occupied Palestinian Territories

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 4:03 pm on 29th April 2004.

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Photo of John Bercow John Bercow Shadow Secretary of State for International Development 4:03 pm, 29th April 2004

It was one of the proudest experiences of my life, as a young boy just before my bar mitzvah, to be taken by my father for the first time to Israel, the Jewish homeland and a democratic state. Does the right hon. Gentleman accept that one of the saddest phenomena that I observed on my most recent visit to the occupied territories was the confiscation of land, the destruction of crops and the seizure of property without any compensation? That is a wholly undemocratic principle, in violation of the founding principles of that Israeli state.