Israel: Palestinians

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 3rd July 2018.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations, if any, they have received in the past 12 months about the disproportionate use of force by the Israeli Defence Force in the Occupied Palestinian Territories; and what assessment they have made of the case for referring the government of Israel to the International Criminal Court.

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The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has received a number of parliamentary questions from members of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, letters from Members of Parliament on behalf of their constituents, and letters and emails from members of the public on the issue of the alleged disproportionate use of force by the Israeli Defence Forces.

The International Criminal Court Prosecutor has been conducting a Preliminary Examination into the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories since 2015 and on 8 April released a statement saying that, “any new alleged crime committed in the context of the situation in Palestine may be subjected to my Office’s scrutiny”. The Government respects the Prosecutor’s independence in this matter.

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