Detention of Palestinian Children (West Bank)

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 11:15 am on 7th December 2010.

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Photo of Andrew Smith Andrew Smith Labour, Oxford East 11:15 am, 7th December 2010

My hon. Friend's commitment in that area is widely recognised. I invite him to speculate on why Israel continues in that fashion, given that it does such enormous damage to its international reputation and to the case it makes for self-defence. Could it be that the culture of subservience that is being inculcated is calculated by the Israeli authorities to confer benefits that outweigh the damage to its international reputation, not least because of the pusillanimity of the international community when confronted with such blatant disregard for human rights and international law?