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Volume 405: debated on Monday 12 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Israeli Government to ensure the safety of British citizens engaged in (a) peace campaigning and (b) humanitarian work in Palestine; and if he will make a statement. [111258]

We have had frequent contact with the Israeli authorities over our concerns about the safety of British nationals in the Occupied Territories. Most recently, I spoke to the Israeli Ambassador on 19 April to raise our concerns. Given the number of recent incidents involving foreign nationals and Palestinian civilians, I asked the Israeli authorities to revise the Rules of Engagement for the Israel Defence Forces to ensure that there can be no repeat of these incidents.