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Israel and Palestine: Gaza and West Bank

Volume 696: debated on Wednesday 14 November 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What steps they are taking to ensure that the Agreement on Movement and Access for Gaza and the West Bank on November 2005 is fully implemented as originally agreed. [HL37]

The implementation of the 2005 Agreement on Movement and Access stalled following the election of Hamas in January 2006. We continue to call on both the Israelis and the Palestinians to implement the agreement. We have repeatedly raised our concerns about movement and access with the Government of Israel. Most recently, on 15 October 2007, we raised the case of students trapped in Gaza, who have been unable to leave Gaza to undertake their respective studies at overseas institutions, including in the UK.