Occupied Territories

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 23rd February 2015.

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Photo of Baroness Tonge Baroness Tonge Independent Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel concerning its financing of the World Zionist Organization to assign Palestinian land to Jewish settlers.

Photo of Baroness Anelay of St Johns Baroness Anelay of St Johns Minister of State, Deputy Speaker (Lords)

The Government has not had any discussions with the Government of Israel on this specific issue concerning settlements. However, the UK’s position on settlements is clear. They are illegal, present an obstacle to peace, and take us further away from a two state solution. We have repeatedly condemned settlement announcements, and we will continue to call on the Israeli authorities to cease all settlement building and to remove illegal outposts, as required under international law.

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Miranda Pinch
Posted on 24 Feb 2015 1:25 pm (Report this annotation)

Condemnation without action is useless. Israel just ignores it as it knows it can always get away with any actions no matter how illegal or unjust they may be. It is about time that the government took real action in the form of sanctions, and more, to redress some of the terrible injustice towards the Palestinian people at the hands of Israel.

This specific issue of settlement building is particularly important and the facts are there for all to see. The response to this question is in effect a refusal to do anything.