Israel: Third Sector

Department for International Development written question – answered on 23rd June 2015.

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Photo of Matthew Offord Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what her policy is on providing funding to non-governmental organisations and charities that promote boycotts or sanctions against Israel.

Photo of Desmond Swayne Desmond Swayne The Minister of State, Department for International Development

DFID’s work in the Occupied Palestinian Territories is channelled through trusted partners including both the UN and non-governmental organisations and mainly consists of large-scale and strategic programmes. The UK Government has made its position on boycotts clear. While we do not hesitate to express disagreement with Israel whenever we feel it necessary, we are firmly opposed to boycotts. We believe that imposing sanctions on Israel or supporting anti-Israeli boycotts would not support our efforts to progress the peace process and achieve a negotiated solution.

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