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Israel and Palestine: Abu Dis Boys School

Volume 690: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What representations they have made to the Government of Israel following events at Abu Dis Boys School on 14 February when many pupils were assaulted. [HL2496]

We are concerned about the impact of Israel's military operations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Israel, like all states, has the right to defend itself against terrorism. The UK condemns all forms of terrorism. However, Israel must ensure that its actions comply with international humanitarian law and minimise the impact on civilians. Our embassy in Tel Aviv regularly raises our concerns regarding the impact of military incursions in the West Bank with the Israeli Defence Forces.

We have not yet made a representation to the Government of Israel regarding events at the Abu Dis Boys School. Officials at our consulate-general in Jerusalem have arranged to visit the school in the coming weeks.