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Israel and Palestine

Volume 707: debated on Thursday 29 January 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they and the Quartet are making to the Government of Israel concerning (a) attacks on and damage to Palestinian houses by Israeli settlers following and during the Rajabi House confrontation in Hebron; (b) destruction of orchards, olive trees and crops, defacing of mosques, insulting graffiti and damage to property in rural areas near Ramallah, Qalqilyah, Nablus and Tulkarm by settlers; and (c) bringing to justice those responsible. [HL374]

My honourable friend the Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Bill Rammell, visited Hebron and Ramallah on 22 and 23 December 2008 and witnessed the highly damaging impact illegal settlers, and criminal acts committed by illegal settlers, were having on Palestinian communities, land and property. He also saw the Rajabi House in Hebron and the tombstones in the adjoining Muslim cemetery which had been defaced by illegal settlers. In Israel on 22 December 2008 he voiced his concerns about the impact of illegal settlers and settlements and the need to bring to justice those responsible for criminal acts.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office does not hold records of representations made by the quartet.