Israel: Ethnic Groups

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 18th September 2015.

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Photo of Baroness Tonge Baroness Tonge Independent Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the family living in the Negev at Wadi Atir whose water tank was removed by Israeli soldiers during a heatwave as part of a demolition.

Photo of Baroness Anelay of St Johns Baroness Anelay of St Johns Minister of State

While the British Government has not raised this specific issue with the Israeli authorities, we do raise our concerns regarding the treatment of the Bedouin, including in the Negev. The Prime Minister, my right hon. Friend the Member for Witney (Mr Cameron), and the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr Hammond), raised the issue of the Bedouin with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu during his visit to the UK on 10 September.

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