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 Richard Burden Richard Burden Labour, Birmingham, Northfield 11:15 am, 7th December 2010

My right hon. Friend makes a good point, and we can only speculate on that. To some extent, we have already heard the answer today. Somehow, rights that should be inviolable and indivisible are being qualified, largely because Israel feels under threat. They are being qualified in a way that I do not think Israel would accept for any other state in the world. If we are to reach a settlement in that part of the world, the need to recognise that people have rights, irrespective of whether they are Palestinian or Israeli, is fundamental. We should not say that mistreating children in court is bad and then say that we should remember why it happens. Mistreating children in court is wrong, and we should be big enough to say that without qualification.