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Middle East: Armed Conflict

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether (a) the UK and (b) other countries through the UN (i) have organised and (ii) plan to organise medical aid to assist Israeli casualties following rocket attacks from Gaza; and if he will make a statement. (247983)

Israel has reported 13 casualties as a result of the current violence in Gaza only four of them civilians. The Israeli Government have made no request to the international community for medical aid as a result of rocket attacks from Gaza. The UK has been clear in its call for an immediate and durable ceasefire to bring the violence to an end.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take at the United Nations on discrimination against Jewish communities in Arab states; and if he will make a statement. (247986)

The UK condemns any discrimination against religious communities and minorities including Jewish communities. We consistently raise human rights in discussions at the UN and directly with Arab states, Israel and other states at all levels.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions (a) he, (b) Ministers and (c) officials in his Department have had with (i) Arab states and (ii) the government of Israel on discrimination against Jewish communities in Arab states; what response was received from each; and if he will make a statement. (247987)

The UK condemns any discrimination against religious communities and minorities including Jewish communities. We consistently raise human rights in discussions with Arab states, Israel and other states at all levels.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to allow the sale of arms to Israel; and if he will make a statement. (247988)

The policy is absolutely clear: where there is a clear risk of shipments of exports being used either for internal repression or for external aggression the export licence is not granted.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take at the United Nations on the rights of Jewish refugees from Arab states; and if he will make a statement. (247989)