Britain’s current role

The British Government’s current position on Israel and Palestine: Water

Question from Baroness Tonge (Independent) on 16th September 2020 (HL7733) To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take to support efforts (1) to address water shortages, and (2) to improve living conditions, in Gaza. Answer by Lord … Read more here 

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The British Government’s current position on Israel and Palestine: Recognition of Palestine as a state

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The British Government’s current position on Israel and Palestine: Living conditions in Gaza

Question by Baroness Tonge (Independent) on 16th September 2020 (HL7733) To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take to support efforts (1) to address water shortages, and (2) to improve living conditions, in Gaza. Answer from Lord … Read more here 

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The British Government’s current position on Israel and Palestine: Elections

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The British Government’s current position on Israel and Palestine: Environmental issues

Question by Baroness Tonge (Independent) 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: Trade with Israel

Question by Ben Lake (Plaid Cymru) 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: … Read more here 

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

Question: by Baroness Tonge (Independent) 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 … Read more here 

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British Government’s Current Position: Settler violence towards Palestinians

Question by Baroness Tonge (Independent) on 14th September 2020 (HL7734) To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking with the government of Israel to provide protection to Palestinian farmers in the West Bank from attacks by Israeli settlers. Answer … 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 from Baroness Tonge (Independent) in 3rd September 2020 (HL7829) To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take to protect Palestinian medical facilities in East Jerusalem from violent incursions by the Israel Defence Forces. (HL7829) Answer by … 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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PM Johnson’s appeal to Israel over annexation

By Andrew Whitley, Trustee and member of the Executive Committee of the Balfour Project Prime Minister Boris Johnson today published a last-minute appeal to Israel not to proceed with the Netanyahu government’s plans to annex parts of the occupied West … Read more here 

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‘Boris Johnson must stand up against an annexation of the West Bank’ – Christian Aid

By William Bell, Head of Middle East, Christian Aid UK and Ireland Last June, an 82-year-old Palestinian refugee called Fayza in Lebanon’s Nahr el-Bared camp wept as she told me: “Palestine is in our bones – it is not something … Read more here 

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Boris Johnson has to stand up to Netanyahu’s annexation plans – for the sake of the Palestinians and peace – by Donald Macintyre

Published in the Independent 30 May 2020 Whatever Boris Johnson’s troubles, he can always comfort himself that unlike the prime minister of a British ally 3,000 miles away, he’s not running the country while simultaneously being tried on corruption charges. But … Read more here 

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Podcast: Vincent Fean on the ICC, Trade Agreements and Umbrella Organisations

Diana Safieh: A question from Sara Apps, is there an opportunity to unlock the blockage on the ICC application? What best can we do to help? Vincent Fean: Palestine joined the International Criminal Court in 2015 after the UN General … Read more here 

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Letter to Boris Johnson on Israeli annexation 1 May 2020

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Letter from Claudia Beamish MSP to Dominic Raab MP

This is a letter from Claudia Beamish MSP Member of the Scottish Parliament for South Scotland, to the Rt Hon Dominic Raab, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and First Secretary of State.

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UK Government affirms its position that Israel’s annexation plans of occupied Palestinian territory is contrary to international law

In a response to a letter to the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab from Caabu Chair Rt Hon David Jones MP, the Foreign Office and DFID Minister responsible to the Middle East, Rt Hon James Cleverly MP has affired the UK … Read more here 

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Remarks by HRH The Prince of Wales at a reception in Bethlehem

24 January 2020 Throughout my life, I have tried, in whatever very small way I can, to foster greater understanding between people of different faiths, to heal divisions and to remind people of so much that we share in common … Read more here 

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The time is right to recognise Palestine

Text of letter published in The Times, January 20th 2020 THE TIME IS RIGHT TO RECOGNISE PALESTINESir, Today Britain attends her last EU foreign affairs council. On the agenda is the Middle East peace process, which must address recognition of … Read more here 

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Holy Land Coordination 2020

We must not ignore the voice of people in the Holy Land Every year we come to encounter and hear the people of the Holy Land. We are inspired by their enduring resilience and faith in a worsening situation. In … Read more here 

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The status of West Bank settlements under international law.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cannot rewrite international law. By John McHugo , Balfour Project Trustee and International Lawyer Following the comments by the US Secretary of State on Monday, we have felt it necessary to clarify the legal … Read more here 

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Scottish Parliament endorses Balfour Project Call to Action Sept 3rd 2019

Claudia Beamish MSP (Labour) introduced a members’ business debate on motion S5M-16637, “Towards an independent Palestinian state: a Scottish proposal” calling for action leading to an independent Palestinian state and acknowledging Britain’s historical responsibilities in what was to become Israel … Read more here 

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Israel’s election, Palestine, and Britain’s best response: Equal Rights

This article was first published on the Conservative Middle East Council website Analysis 23 September 2019 Sir Vincent Fean KCVO Sir Vincent Fean is Chair of Trustees of the Balfour Project. Between 2010-14, Sir Vincent was British Consul-General in Jerusalem. … Read more here 

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115 British Parliamentarians demand British Prime Minister act robustly to any Israeli annexation of Occupied Palestinian Territory

115 British Parliamentarians demand British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson act robustly to any Israeli annexation of Occupied Palestinian Territory. In the letter, sent from the Britain-Palestine All-Party Parliamentary Group, the Parliamentarians insisted that the British Government and its partners in … Read more here 

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Should Britain recognise a sovereign Palestine now? Event report

Talk by Sir Vincent Fean at recent Meretz UK Event Meretz UK hosted an event on 7th July in London’s Jewish Community centre JW3, to discuss the prospects, advantages and likely outcomes of recognition of the state of Palestine alongside … Read more here 

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What is the UK’s role in Israel – Palestine today?

Speakers: Sir Tom Phillips and Sir Vincent Fean Chairing the debate: Prof. Yossi Mekelberg, Professor of International Relations at Regent’s University, London and senior consulting research fellow for the MENA programme, Chatham House. OneVoice Europe hosted an event on 26th … Read more here 

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Is There a Plausible Alternative to The Two-State Solution? By Tony Klug

  Dr. Tony Klug has written extensively on Israeli-Palestinian issues. He is a special advisor on the Middle East to the Oxford Research Group and a consultant to the Palestine Strategy Group and the Israel Strategic Forum. His Ph.D. thesis … Read more here 

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Gaza, one year on

Letter to the Times 30 March 2019 Sir,A year on from the avoidable deaths of 60 people at the Gaza fence, rockets and reprisals are recurring. This dismal pattern of behaviour must be broken. Two million people are imprisoned in … Read more here 

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Towards an independent Palestinian state: a Scottish call to action

Israel/Palestine: Equal Rights 17 March 2019 From Edinburgh, and the home university of Arthur Balfour,we acknowledge Britain’s historical responsibilities in the Holy Land, from before the Balfour Declaration through the British Mandate to today. Gaza was, is, and always will … Read more here 

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