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Middle East

Volume 684: debated on Friday 14 July 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What effect their action and the action by United Nations partners to promote a just peace in the Middle East will have on radicalisation of members of ethnic minority communities.[HL6811]

The situation in Israel and the Occupied Territories is a source of genuine concern and sometimes anger for many, including British Muslims. As my right honourable friend the Prime Minister has said, there is no higher priority for the international community than progress towards peace and a viable two-state solution. But we must all do more to address the global ideology that seeks to exploit such issues as a justification for extremism and terrorism. Upholding and promoting the core values of tolerance and democratic freedoms should be our response to the tyrannical ideas expounded by extremists.