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Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 29th January 2020.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to government of Israel about the reported imprisonment and torture of (1) Mays Abu Gosh, and (2) Samir Arbid, in Israeli custody.

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​While we are aware of the cases of Samir Arbid and Mays Abu Gosh, we have not made representations to the government of Israel about these specific cases. The British Government has concerns about mistreatment of Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons, and about Israel's respect for its obligations as an occupying power, under applicable international law. Officials from our Embassy in Tel Aviv have raised the treatment of Palestinians in Israeli prisons with the Israeli authorities, most recently on 16 December. We emphasise the importance of treating prisoners and detainees humanely and in accordance with international law.

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