Middle East

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, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 2 February (HL 4414), whether in the light of recent reports of shell shock among Gazan children they have any plans to ask the government of Israel to refrain from mock aerial fighter displays; and what funding or help the United Kingdom is providing to treat trauma in young children in Gaza.

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

We are investigating these reports and are considering raising this issue with the Israeli authorities. We have a regular dialogue with the Israelis regarding the conduct of the occupation and frequently raise issues of concern.

The Department for International Development (DfID) has provided £106.5million to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) General Fund from 2011-15. UNRWA has integrated psycho-social care into their education service delivery, for which we provide core funding.

DfID also supported some short-term psychosocial care in the aftermath of the conflict, between July and October. Through their Rapid Response Fund, they gave:

- £500,000 to CARE (their total caseload including adults and children was 182,000)

- £306,000 to International Medical Corps to support 3,000 children

- And £253,000 to Plan to support 4,844 children

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Miranda Pinch
Posted on 24 Feb 2015 1:18 pm (Report this annotation)

I often hear members of the Government say they have raised various concerns with Israel over its treatment of Palestinians, but very rarely hear of any real action. Words, whether in condemnation or not, are useless and offer no respite to those suffering from occupation and suppression at all!

Gaza desperately needs rebuilding and those living there need to feel secure. Small amounts of funds to charities will not go very far and provide neither security nor long-term care for these people. Psychological care for children living amongst rubble under sheets of plastic is not enough by any measure at all.