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House of Lords written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Baroness Tonge Baroness Tonge Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel concerning the arrest and detention of Dr Mazin Qumsiyeh and Mustafa Odeh.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

We are aware that Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh and Mr. Mustafah Odeh were arrested in November.

The first arrest was on 13 November in Al-Walaja while the two individuals were filming Israeli soldiers gathered at the site of the security barrier. Both were released on the same day.

Dr. Qumsiyeh was arrested again two days later with other five Palestinians when they boarded a bus travelling from the West Bank into Jerusalem. Dr. Qumsiyeh was released pending a trial and has been charged with "illegal entry to Jerusalem" and with "obstructing police business".

We have not made any representations on these particular cases. Our embassy in Tel Aviv is monitoring the situation.

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