Skip to main content

Peace Activists

Volume 405: debated on Thursday 15 May 2003

The text on this page has been created from Hansard archive content, it may contain typographical errors.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Israeli authorities on the subject of their treatment of peace activists. [113669]

Officials at our embassy in Tel Aviv and our Consulate-General in Jerusalem have taken up individual cases with the Israeli authorities and will do all they properly can to help British nationals in difficulty in the region.On 11 April, I spoke to the Israeli ambassador to raise our concerns about the case of Thomas Hurndall, a British peace activist shot in Gaza on 11 April. On 8 May, my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary spoke to Silvan Shalom, the Israeli Foreign Minister, about the shooting of Thomas Hurndall (and also of James Miller, a British cameraman). We both called for a full and transparent investigation into the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) shooting to be carried out by the Israeli Military Police. Our ambassador in Tel Aviv also raised our concerns locally with the Israeli authorities. The Israeli Government took note of our concerns and promised to cooperate.