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Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received on (a) an academic boycott and, (b) a general boycott of Israel. (296642)

I discuss the situation in the Middle East with a wide range of stakeholders including trade unions and non-governmental organisations. As I have made clear to them and publicly, the Government are opposed to boycotts of Israel. This, among other issues, was also discussed in my meeting, on 27 October 2009, with the Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon. We both agreed on the need to make progress towards a two-state solution and the detrimental impact that boycotts of Israel would have both on that goal and bilateral ties.