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Israel: Palestinians

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 11th December 2017.

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Photo of Baroness Tonge Baroness Tonge Independent Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel regarding reports of the detention of a nine year old boy during raids in the occupied West Bank in November.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

While we have not raised this specific issue with the Israeli authorities, the UK continues to have strong concerns about continued reports of ill-treatment of Palestinian minors in Israeli military detention, notably the use of painful restraints and insufficient notification of legal rights. Our Ambassador to Israel raised concerns with Israeli Attorney-General Mandelblit on 3 October, and the Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt also raised our concerns with the Israeli authorities during his visit to Israel in August 2017.

We will continue regularly to raise this issue with the Israeli authorities, and to press them to secure necessary improvements to the practices surrounding the military detention of minors. We will also continue to work closely with our European partners in country.

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