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Mr Michael Allen

Volume 32: debated on Thursday 18 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information he has about the welfare and safety of Michael Allen, a British subject lecturing in English at Bir Zeit university in Palestine, who has been arrested for interrogation by the Israeli military occupation authorities in the West Bank of Palestine.

According to information received from the British Consul-General in Jerusalem, Mr. Allen was detained by the police in Ramallah on 15 November and released later the same day. His brief detention appears to have been part of an Israeli attempt to prevent students and lecturers from attending a meeting at Bir Zeit university called to protest against Israeli action against West Bank university lecturers.