Author Archives: Diana Safieh

British Government’s Current Position: Education of Israeli & Palestinian children

Question from Steve McCabe on 24th June 2020 (64065) Palestinians: Curriculum 64065 To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the 2019-20 Memorandum of Understanding between her Department and the Palestinian Authority, what assessment she has … Read more here 

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British Government’s Current Position: Trade with Israel

Question by Ben Lake on 17th June 2020 (60846) Israeli Settlements: Companies 60846 To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 8 June 2020 to Question 55878 on Israeli Settlements: Companies, what … Read more here 

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British Government’s Current Position: Unemployment in Gaza

Q Asked by Baroness Tonge: on: 14 January 2019 Department for International Development: Gaza: Young People: HL12814 To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the World Bank’s findings in October 2018 that there is 70 per … Read more here 

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British Government’s Current Position: State of health services in Gaza

Q Asked by Baroness Tonge: on: 28 January 2019 Department for International Development: Gaza: Hospitals. HL13186 To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports that hospitals in Gaza have been closed due to power shortages; and … Read more here 

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British Government’s Current Position: Gaza

Question from John Howell on 2nd July 2020 ( 68306) Department for International Development Gaza: Humanitarian Aid 68306 To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether UK funding to the UN’s Access Coordination Unit is used to ensure … Read more here 

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British Government’s Current Position: Status of Palestinians in East Jerusalem

Q Asked by Baroness Tonge: on: 28 January 2019 Department for International Development: Jerusalem: Palestinians. HL13185 To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to protect the rights of those Palestinians in East Jerusalem whose refugee status has … Read more here 

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British Government’s Current Position: Freedom of worship in Israel, Jerusalem & the West Bank

Question by Sir John Hayes on 18th June 2020 (61423) To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to help ensure that Israel enables Christians from all nations to (a) visit and … Read more here 

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British Government’s Current Position: Israel’s Nation State Law

Q Asked by Baroness Tonge: on: 26 November 2018 Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Israel: Politics and Government. HL11814 To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the letter sent to the government of Israel by four UN … Read more here 

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British Government’s Current Position:The treatment of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails

Q Asked by Lord Hylton: on: 07 January 2019 Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Israel: Palestinians. HL12582 To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel about that government’s decision to lower prison standards for … Read more here 

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British Government’s Current Position: Abuse of Palestinian Children by Israel

Question: by Baroness Tonge on 9th April 2019(HL15172): To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 3 April (HL14802), what (1) steps they have taken, and (2) representations they have made, to … Read more here 

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British Government’s Current Position: Forced evictions of Palestinians

Question: by Baroness Tonge  To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports that Israel’s Supreme Court is allowing the demolition of 60 buildings housing 500 Palestinian families in Silwan, East Jerusalem Answer: Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of … Read more here 

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British Government’s Current Position: Restrictions of movement in the West Bank

Question: by Baroness Tonge on: 10 June 2019 Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Hebron, (HL16231) To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the consequences for Palestinian children in Hebron of the removal of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron … Read more here 

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British Government’s Current Position: Settler violence towards Palestinians

Question by Baroness Tonge on 23rd June 2020 (HL6099) To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports that (1) crops have been burnt by Israeli settlers, and (2) that Israeli soldiers … Read more here 

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British Government’s Current Position: Israeli settlement building and demolitions

Question by Baroness Tonge on 28th July 2020 (HL7479) To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about reports of the construction of (1) a new settlement near Asira a-Shamaliya on land owned … Read more here 

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British Government’s Current Position: The occupation of Palestinian land by Israel

Question by Baroness Tonge on 23rd June 2020 (HL6097) To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the views of people who live in the Palestinian Territories on the proposed annexation of parts of the West Bank … Read more here 

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British Government’s Current Position: Prioritising peace and cooperation in the Middle East in the midst of COVID-19

Question: by Alex Cunningham on 9th June 2020 (57197) To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of changes in the level of (a) attacks by settlers and (b) demolitions … Read more here 

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British Government’s Current Position: Recognition of Palestine as a State

Question:To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to recognise Palestine as a state. (HL3850) Tabled on: 05 May 2020 Answer: Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 19th May 2020 We are clear that we want to see the creation … Read more here 

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British Government’s Current Position: Annexation

Oral Answer on Monday 6th July 2020 1. Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime:– Dominic Raab:  Mr Speaker, with permission, I would like to make a statement on the global human rights sanctions regulations. As we forge a dynamic new vision … Read more here 

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John McHugo on Why Britain has a Special Responsibility to the Palestinian People Today

A talk given online on 30th June 2020. John McHugo is a trustee of the Balfour Project and a board member of CAABU, The Council for Arab British Understanding. This paper is the edited text of a Balfour Project talk … Read more here 

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Parallel Histories videos

Parallel Histories have developed a series of videos for teaching disputed history starting with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They have produced a film  ‘Should the British government be praised or blamed for the Balfour Declaration?’.  Do watch it. They also have many … Read more here 

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The Forgotten History of the Jewish, Anti-Zionist Left

An interview with Banjamin Balthaser, published on Jacobin The roots of modern Zionism are in colonialism. This was the foundation of the Jewish left’s opposition to Zionism in the 1930s and ’40s, on the grounds that it is a form … Read more here 

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‘History will judge us’ — Have progressive UK rabbis reached end of the road on Israel?

By Robert A. H. Cohen, published on Mondoweiss, 30 July 2020 Progressive rabbis in the UK have written to the Israeli embassy in London to express their concern over the Israeli government’s plans to annex parts of the West Bank. … Read more here 

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Tim Llewellyn on The Crafting of the News: the British media and the Israel-Palestine Question

Thursday 13 August 3pm UK time Click here to reserve your place. Tim Llewellyn was the BBC’s Middle East Correspondent in Beirut and later Nicosia between 1976 and 1980 and 1987 and 1992. Thereafter he wrote and broadcast as a … Read more here 

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Over 40 British rabbis write to the UK Israeli embassy opposing annexation

By Alleks Phillips, first published in The Jewish Chronicle, 9 July 2020 Over 40 British rabbis – including former Liberal senior rabbi Danny Rich and outgoing Reform senior rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner – have written to the Israeli embassy in London … Read more here 

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