Gaza factions reject PA call to hold local elections

Officials are seen at Central Election Commission building after Palestinian authorities on Saturday opened registration for the legislative elections, scheduled for May 22, in Gaza City, Gaza on March 20, 2021 [Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency]
Officials are seen at Central Election Commission building after Palestinian authorities on Saturday opened registration for the legislative elections, scheduled for May 22, in Gaza City, Gaza on March 20, 2021

Palestinian factions in the besieged Gaza Strip have rejected the Palestinian Authority’s call to hold municipal elections in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, months after PA President Mahmoud Abbas cancelled legislative and presidential elections.

The Palestinian Freedom Movement described the government’s call to hold municipal elections without consensus as “an insistence” on dominating the political scene in Palestine and belittling the Palestinian people and the community.

“How could we believe that the head of the PA [Mahmoud Abbas] wants elections when he has turned against national efforts and cancelled the elections that were scheduled to take place last May, and now he is dividing the elections for abhorrent partisan interests,” the movement said in a statement.

It went on to describe the announcement as an attempt by Abbas to occupy the Palestinian arena and portray to the world that he wants to achieve democracy.

READ: Hamas holds consultations on proposed municipal elections

“The elections are a national and popular demand, but not in the form and method that Mahmoud Abbas wants. The elections must include the National, Legislative Council and Presidential, then move to the municipal councils on the basis of consensus.”

“Guarantees of their integrity and respect for their results,” must also be given, it added.

For its part, the Mujahideen Movement stressed the need for national consensus on national issues and to stop the policy of exclusion.

“We must start from the fact that we are in a stage of national liberation during which we need everyone’s efforts and the energies of all patriots to remove the occupation as a priority in the current stage,” it added.

The Popular Resistance Committees considered the PA’s call for local elections “a disregard for the Palestinian national situation and all components of the Palestinian people who call for comprehensive elections.”

(Source / 21.09.2021)

WAFA: “200 human rights groups hold Israel fully responsible for the lives of the re-arrested Palestinian freedom fighters”

RAMALLAH, Monday, September 20, 2021 (WAFA) – Almost 200 human rights networks and organizations held the Israeli occupation state fully responsible for the lives and safety of the prisoners who liberated themselves from Gilboa prison two weeks ago and were re-arrested.

The 199 organizations demanded in a statement formation of an independent international investigation committee immediately to determine the conditions of their detention.

“The undersigned human rights institutions consider with great seriousness the testimonies of the lawyers of the re-arrested prisoners who succeeded in liberating themselves from the Israeli Gilboa prison,” they said.

Mahmoud and Muhammad Arda, Zakaria Zubeidi, Yacob Qadri, Ayham Kamamji, and Munadel Infeiat broke out of the extra-fortified Gilboa prison in northern Israel on September 6 after digging a tunnel from their cell to an area outside the prison wall.

Four of the prisoners were re-captured five days later and the other two re-captured on Sunday.

“According to the testimony of lawyers, the Israeli occupation forces assaulted them harshly from the moment of arrest, causing multiple bodily injuries, which necessitated hospitalizing some of them due to the difficult condition as a result of the use of unjustified violence and crimes of torture against them. They are also deprived of sleep, and interrogated after being completely stripped, according to the information provided so far, some of them have been threatened with death by interrogators, and their relatives have been arbitrarily arrested for the purposes of revenge,” said the rights organizations.

They charged that the treatment of the re-captured prisoners violates international and humanitarian laws.

The Palestinian and Arab human rights organizations demanded, among other things, “urgently” the “formation of an independent, impartial and honest international investigation committee of well-known competencies, to examine the circumstances of the arrest of the re-arrested prisoners in preparation for holding the perpetrators of violations accountable.”

Following is the full text of the statement:

The undersigned human rights institutions consider with great seriousness the testimonies of the lawyers of the re-arrested prisoners who succeeded in liberating themselves from the Israeli “Gilboa” prison. They are: (Mahmoud and Muhammad Arda, Zakaria Zubeidi, Yacob Qadri, Ayham Kamamji, Munadel Infeiat). According to the testimony of lawyers, the Israeli occupation forces assaulted them harshly from the moment of arrest, causing multiple bodily injuries, which necessitated hospitalizing some of them due to the difficult condition as a result of the use of unjustified violence and crimes of torture against them. They are also deprived of sleep, and interrogated after being completely stripped, according to the information provided so far, some of them have been threatened with death by interrogators, and their relatives have been arbitrarily arrested for the purposes of revenge.

There are also the practices aimed at breaking their resolve and will, and in clear violation of the provisions of international humanitarian law and international human rights law and their established principles related to persons deprived of liberty and the right not to be subjected to any forms of torture, humiliating, cruelty, and ill-treatment, in particular Article (5) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Articles (7, 9, 40) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Articles (12-32) of the Third Geneva Convention of 1949, and Articles (90-98) of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, and the Convention against All Forms of Torture and Other Forms of Cruel Treatment, or Degrading Treatment, and General Assembly Resolution No. (30/D/3452) of 1975 guaranteeing the protection of all persons from being subjected to torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

The human rights organizations stress that the colonial occupation and the racist apartheid regime in itself is a crime, and escaping from its prisons is motivated by the desire for liberation and emancipation and out of national dignity as well as a moral duty, heroism and honor that are protected by international conventions and covenants, whether the Brussels Declaration of 1874 or the Hague Convention of 1907 or my both Third and Fourth Geneva conventions, which has followed the example of many democratic countries, in addition to criminalizing torture against all persons and at all times expressly prohibiting torture of prisoners/detainees who take their freedom from prisons in particular, and suffice with the punishment for escape that causes damage to property and lives, which would be more stressed as the existence of the entire occupation and its prisons is an ongoing crime.

It should be recalled that the continued detention itself contradicts the essence and explicitness of Article (118) of the Third Geneva Convention on the Release of Prisoners of War, which necessitated their release without delay, which places a special responsibility on the Palestinian parties that signed The Oslo Accords but failed to compel Israel, the occupying power, to carry out its minimum duties, as the occupying country picked up this omission and historical mistake by ignoring the issue of prisoners in the settlement negotiations, by turning the prisoners’ file into a pressure card and political blackmail, and transforming their immediate release from a legal duty to an international mandate imposed on the occupying power to release them according to their desire under the name of “goodwill gestures”, the harm of which is magnified by accepting the geographical, temporal, and partisan division of prisoners on the basis of character and “harm”, and accepting their division into prisoners of the West Bank, prisoners of the Gaza Strip, and prisoners of Jerusalem, prisoners of 1948, the Arab prisoners, the prisoners classified as “blood on their hands” and other miserable classifications.

While human rights institutions condemn in the strongest and most severe terms the complete disregard for all these treaties, agreements, and charters, by continuing “Israel”, the occupying power, to follow systematic procedures and long-term policies at the executive, legislative, and judicial levels that lead to a systematic violation of the rights of detainees and prisoners in Israeli prisons within a colonial vision, which extended, in part, to their right to physical integrity and freedom from torture, and their right to guarantees of justice and health care. Human rights organizations stress that the suffering of detainees and prisoners has prompted them to use their empty stomachs to engage in open hunger strikes in protest against the widespread repression practiced against them, of which the Israeli Prison Service is an active part.

Attention must be drawn to the care of the law, as “Israel”, the occupying power, is the only country, along with the United States, that has officially legalized torture. In 1987, the Knesset approved the recommendations of the Landau Committee, and the recommendations of the Israeli officers and interrogators authorized the use of torture under the name of “physical pressure/enhanced interrogation,” while the Israeli Supreme Court issued Resolution No. (94/5100) in 1999, which confirmed the use special means of “physical pressure” in the event of an imminent security threat, to return in 2018 and expand this to include cases that do not constitute an imminent security threat, in a very clear confirmation of the integration of the pillars of the colonial system, including the legislative and judicial authorities.

While detainees and prisoners are subject to multiple and systematic methods of torture resulting from a policy of structural, legislative, practice and cultural violence against them, including ghosting, severe beatings, electric shocks, opening cold or very hot water with fluctuating air currents, sleep deprivation, suffocation, and waterboarding, burning of skin, shaking, that interrogators hold and shake the detainee regularly, vigorously, and very quickly until the detainee faints as a result of concussion, sleep deprivation, crucifixion of the detainee upside down, psychological torture using threats, solitary confinement, denial of visitation, and other brutal torture practices and that a number of prisoners and detainees did not survive to tell what happened, and those who survived were left with psychological trauma, physical pain, and permanent disabilities, The human rights organizations stress that the Israeli colonial self’s view is degenerate, lofty, and above the law, and the policy of impunity, is an essential part of the continuation of these practices without regard, which requires confronting it firmly and sternly by bringing the criminals to justice and redressing the victims, and makes the international official silence a direct partner.

Based on the foregoing, the Palestinian and Arab human rights organizations, undersigned below, recommend urgently the following: 1. The formation of an independent, impartial and honest international investigation committee of well-known competencies, to examine the circumstances of the arrest of the re-arrested prisoners in preparation for holding the perpetrators of violations accountable.

2. Calling upon peoples in Arab countries, and Arab communities abroad to form a state of pressure and effective advocacy for prisoners and detainees in occupation prisons, by mobilizing in various fields and raising their cause through social media platforms, in support of them.

3. Demanding the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to fulfill their roles under the first common article in ensuring respect of the conventions, and transforming the legal duty under the conventions into actual conduct and practice, through maximum pressure on the occupying power for the purposes of accountability and deterrence.

4. The necessity for the International Criminal Court, which has jurisdiction in the occupied Palestinian territory, to prosecute the perpetrators of the crime of torture and to expand the scope of responsibility for it to include anyone who contributes in any way to it and to benefit from the sworn testimony of Palestinian human rights institutions.

5. Urging the Arab League and its various branches to play their role in supporting the prisoners and detainees, and activating their issues at the international level.

6. The necessity of the UN special rapporteurs, headed by the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory, and the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment, to play their active roles in highlighting the crimes of systematic torture that are practiced against Palestinian prisoners and detainees, and raising the issue on the widest scale in the corridors of the United Nations.

7. The importance of following up on the conditions of prisoners and detainees and their families in all fields, and providing support and care for them from official and civil authorities, especially at the psychological, health, social, and legal levels.

8. Promoting, supporting and activating the role of the Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Affairs Commission, so that it plays a greater role in caring for the prisoners and detainees and responding to their needs, as it is the official Palestinian framework responsible for this, in addition to the role of the Palestinian Regular Bar Association and the Arab Lawyers Union in bringing Israeli war criminals to justice and the role of the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate in exposing the practices of occupation.

9. Enhancing the Palestinian diplomacy to shed light on the issue of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons in international forums, and work to mobilize international support and advocacy in the direction of preserving their human rights and stopping the systematic crimes of torture practiced against them.

10. Calling on Palestinian, Arab, and international civil society organizations to play their roles in the field of monitoring and documentation and to carry out pressure and solidarity advocacy efforts, and to benefit from the membership of the coalitions in which they participate, with regard to the crimes of torture that prisoners and detainees are subjected to and pressure towards their release.

11. Demanding the Human Rights Council at the United Nations to adopt the proposals of the Palestinian delegate in Geneva and to form a commission of inquiry into the violations against Palestinian prisoners in Israeli occupation prisons 12. Demanding the International Committee of the Red Cross to assume its legal and humanitarian tasks and responsibilities and to play its role effectively in communicating with prisoners and detainees, supervising and controlling their conditions in prisons, and informing their families of their conditions.

13. The traditional and modern Arab media shed light on the issue of prisoners and detainees on a permanent basis, in the context of mobilizing public opinion to rally around their issues.

(Source / 21.09.2021)

Press Release: Israel is responsible for the lives of Palestinian prisoners and detainees in escalated attacks

Al Mezan Center for Human Rights expresses grave concern over Israel’s collective punishment and retaliatory measures against Palestinian prisoners following the escape of six Palestinian inmates from Gilboa Prison on 6 September 2021—four of whom were captured in the days after.

Alarmingly, media sources report that Zakaria Zubeidi, one of the four captured prisoners, was admitted to the intensive care unit of the Israeli Rambam Hospital after being beaten while held in an Israeli interrogation facility. According to Al Mezan, on 11 September 2021, the four captured Palestinian prisoners appeared before the Israeli Magistrate’s Court, which has extended their detention until 19 September 2021.

To date, the Israeli intelligence services have prohibited them from accessing their lawyers. Concerns about potential violations being carried out against the prisoners are growing as circulating videos show them having difficulty walking while being placed in patrol cars by the Israeli police. In particular, Zubeidi presented a severe bruise on his face.

Shortly after the prison break, the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) launched a series of collective, punitive, retaliatory, and arbitrary measures against Palestinian political prisoners, starting with a ban on family visits.

These measures also entailed an extensive campaign of raids and searches in prison cells, the transfer of Palestinian detainees to solitary confinement or other facilities, closing the canteens, and a ban on phone calls. Meanwhile, according to the Palestinian Society Prisoner’s Society, six Palestinian detainees are on a prolonged hunger strike, protesting their administrative detention. The hunger strikers are Kayed al-Fasfous (60 days), Miqdad Qawasmah (53 days), Alla al-Araj (35 days), Hisham Abu Hawash (27 days), Rayek Besharat (22 days), and Shadi Abu Aker (19 days).

On 11 September 2021, Al Mezan and partners submitted an urgent appeal to the United Nations Special Procedures—including the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the oPt, the Special Rapporteur on torture, and the Special Rapporteur on the right to health— calling for their intervention to safeguard Palestinian political prisoners’ rights against collective punishment and retaliatory measures by the IPS.

On 13 September, Al Mezan also filed a complaint to the IPS and its legal advisor calling for an end to the punitive measures and upholding the international human rights standards pertinent to persons deprived of their liberty.

Al Mezan recalls that under the Fourth Geneva Convention Israel is legally responsible for the life and wellbeing of Palestinian prisoners and detainees, including the four captured prisoners.

Subjecting prisoners to any form of torture is a criminally punishable act, as stipulated by Articles 146 and 147 of the Convention. Israel’s punitive measures also violate the absolute prohibition of collective penalties and likewise all measures of intimidation or of terrorism against protected people, as enshrined in Article 33(1) of the Convention.

The Israeli refusal to let the recaptured prisoners see their lawyers not only violates the rights to equality before the law and fair trial guarantees, but also fuels speculation that the Israeli intelligence service is trying to obtain confessions from prisoners through torture.

Further, Israel’s systematic issuance of administrative detention orders against Palestinians based on undisclosed information and indictments contradicts the basis of the right to fair trial, including a strong defense.

Accordingly, Al Mezan calls on the international community to uphold its legal and moral obligations vis-à-vis the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territory, and to bring an end to Israel’s collective punishment and retaliatory measures that are being meted out against Palestinian prisoners under Israeli custody.

(Source / 21.09.2021)

Six Detainees Continue Hunger Strike Despite Deterioration Conditions

The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee has reported, Monday, that six Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails are ongoing with the hunger strike despite deterioration health conditions and violations.

Hasan abed-Rabbo, the media consultant of the Detainees’ Committee, stated that the six detainees are facing serious complications, including pain, fatigue, mineral deficiency, and dizziness.

Abed-Rabbo added that the detainees are determined to continue the hunger strike protesting their continued arbitrary Administrative Detention without charges or trial.

The hunger-striking detainees are:

  1. Kayed Fasfous started the strike 68 days ago.
  2. Miqdad al-Qawasma; started the strike 61 days ago.
  3. Ala al-A’raj; started the strike 43 days ago.
  4. Hisham Abu Hawwash; started the strike 35 days ago.
  5. Rayeq Bisharat; started the strike 30 days ago.
  6. Shadi Abu Aker; started the strike 27 days ago.

It is worth mentioning that al-Fasfous and al-Qawasma are in the infamous Ramla prison clinic which lacks basic supplies and specialists, and have to use wheelchairs when they leave their beds.

The Committee added that it filed a third appeal with the Ofer Israeli military court protesting an administrative Detention order against al-Fasfous, and said that the court will be holding a hearing on Wednesday, September 22nd.

(Source / 21.09.2021)

WAFA: “Appeal Court of The Hague to hear case against Israeli Generals”

THE HAGUE, Tuesday, September 21, 2021 (WAFA) – The Appeal Court of The Hague is scheduled to hold a hearing on Thursday on the case brought by Ismail Ziada against the former Chief of General Staff of the Israeli armed forces, Benny Gantz, and former Commander of the Israeli Air Force, Amir Eshel, for the bombing of the Ziada family home in Gaza.

Ziada argues that the District Court of The Hague erred in its first-instance decision to offer functional immunity to the defendants, as such immunity is not enjoyed for war crimes.

Ziada, who is of Palestinian origin, is seeking to hold the defendants accountable for the targeted attack on the Ziada family home on 20 July 2014 which resulted in the death of Ziada’s 70-year-old mother, three brothers, his sister-in-law, a 12-year-old nephew and a visiting friend.

Israel’s 50-day war on Gaza between July and August 2014 left over 2000 Palestinians dead, most of them civilians, thousands injured and hundreds of homes destroyed.

Ziada contends that the attack was a violation of international humanitarian law and constituted a gross violation of internationally recognized human rights principles.

The case was filed in Dutch courts as Ziada, like many others, is unable to gain access to justice in Israel due to the discriminatory practices faced by Palestinians seeking accountability for war crimes.

On 29 January 2020, the District Court of The Hague ruled that, due to their positions in the Israeli armed forces, Gantz and Eshel were immune from prosecution before Dutch courts as the alleged actions were carried out in accordance with their official duties.

Ziada argues that the first-instance court erred in its decision to extend immunity to the accused, further denying his right to justice contributing to impunity for international crimes.

He is pursuing the case in accordance with Dutch law which upholds the principle of universal jurisdiction in civil proceedings for individuals who are unable to gain access to justice elsewhere. It is a unique case and the first time a Palestinian has been able to make use of civil litigation on the basis of universal jurisdiction to gain access to justice for war crimes.

The Ziada case is supported by musician Roger Waters as well as hundreds of individuals and organizations through donations and an international crowdfunding campaign.

(Source / 21.09.2021)

Palestinians Demand Red Cross To Protect The Detainees

Hundreds of Palestinians held Monday, various sit-in protests in front of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) offices in various parts of the occupied West Bank, in solidarity with Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons, and demanding ending the escalating violations against them.

The sit-in protests were organized by various Palestinian national and Islamic factions, and many institutions that defend the detainees and fight for their rights.

The protesters called on the ICRS to intervene and provide the needed protection to the Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons, especially the six detainees who were captured after managing to escape from Gilboa’ high-security prison and are currently subjugated to serious violations, including torture.

They also called for pressuring Israel into ending its illegal and arbitrary Administrative Detention policies, holding hundreds of detainees captive without charges or trial, and to ensure that the ailing detainees, especially those with life-threatening medical conditions, and the hunger-striking detainees, receive the needed specialized medical care.

It is worth mentioning that the Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails, detention facilities, and interrogation centers, are facing seriously escalating violations, especially after the six detainees managed to escape from Gilboa’.

Many of them are in solitary confinement, in addition to contact attacks against them in their rooms and cells, in addition to being repeatedly transferred to various prisons and detention centers.

They are also denied the right to visit with their families and are not allowed to buy food from the prison canteen.

(Source / 21.09.2021)

New Israeli punitive measure on detainees in Asqalan jail

Ramallah (QNN)- The Commission of Detainees and former detainees said today that prisoners in Asqala jail are undergoing new punitive measures, including handcuffing during lawyers’ visitations and medical treatment and raids.

The commission said in a statement that the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) is denying several prisoners access to medical treatment.

The statement mentioned Shadi Musa (44 years old) from Jenin, who has heart problems and needs urgent medical treatment, and Muwaffaq Arouq (78 years old) from the 1948-occupied village of Yafat Al Nasirah, who has cancer and needs treatment.

The commission held the occupation state full responsibility for the lives of Palestinian prisoners.

(Source / 21.09.2021)

Diabetic detainee stops taking medication in protest against administrative detention

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- The diabetic detainee Amin Shweiki has stopped taking medication in protest against his administrative detention. Israeli authorities have extended his detention for further four months only one day before its due date.

“Israeli forces arrested Amin on May 17 and decided to detain him under administrative detention for four months”, Amin’s wife, Hanaa’ Shweiki said.

“Only one day before his day of release, the occupation extended his administrative detention, which had a very hard effect on his psyche because he did not expect it. So, he decided to start escalatory steps.”

“Two days after Eid Al Fitr, Amin was arrested in a large-scale arrest campaign in Jerusalem following the events in Bab Al Amoud and the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and the war on Gaza. Most of those arrested were detained under administrative detention because there were no charges against them”, she added.

Shweiki added that the way how her husband was arrested was very brutal and inhumane. “He was beaten. He had fractures in his arm and ribs. They also attacked me and my daughters, unleashing canines to attack us.”

Amin had spent six years in Israeli jails in nine arrests the latest was in 2007.

“All through his detention, they had no charges against Amin”, she said. “The latest arrest in 2007 was for a very silly charge, which was distributing gifts for kids at Al Aqsa mosque.”

“Amin is a very successful and well-known trader in Jerusalem. His interests are focused on social relationships and he also likes gardening. He’s 61 years old, so he was spending most of his time at home.”

(Source / 21.09.2021)

Video| Dozens extremist Israeli settlers break into Al-Aqsa Mosque

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Dozens Israeli settlers broke into the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the occupied city of Jerusalem in the early hours of Monday.

Under the occupation forces protection, over 40 Israeli settlers broke into the courtyard of Al-Aqsa Mosque during the morning break-in session.

The settlers entered through the Damascus Gate- which Palestinians call Bab al-Amoud Gate- provoking the Palestinian worshipers in the mosque courtyards by performing Talmudic prayers.

The forces also were seen forcing a Palestinian youth to get outside the mosque for no apparent reason.

Israeli occupation authorities allow settler incursions to the mosque since 2003 under the forces protection, despite repeated objections and warnings by the Palestinian religious authorities as the visits provoke worshippers of the mosque.

Israeli forces always facilitate and protect the settlers breaking into the holy site while preventing Palestinian worshipers from entering it, assaulting and detaining them.

Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site in Islam which located in occupied Jerusalem.

(Source / 21.09.2021)

UK Lib Dems pass motion banning trade with Israeli settlements

London (QNN)- The British Liberal Democrats have passed on Monday a motion at the party conference calling for upholding international law by ceasing trade with illegal Israeli settlements and recognizing the state of Palestine.

The motion, the first on Israel/Palestine at Lib Dem conference since 2017 and was submitted by 13 members, reaffirms the party’s call for immediate recognition of the state of Palestine alongside calling on the UK Government to commit further resources to peace.

Such a step came after the absence of “Britain from the world stage” during the latest Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip last May, the Liberal Democrats said.

The motion proposes legislation to ensure that goods and services from illegal settlements in Palestinian territory do not enter the United Kingdom until a negotiated peace settlement is agreed.

The motion also sees party members call for “increased trade links and cooperation with both Palestine” and the occupation state of ‘Israel’.

The motion as passed by the conference also notes the deteriorating human rights situation in “Israel and Palestine as detailed in reports, notably those published by B’Tselem and Human Rights Watch detailing transgressions by the Israeli government.”

The motion further as passed by the conference “regrets the position of the UK Prime Minister when he opposed the ICC investigation into alleged crimes committed in Palestine, noting that the ICC has jurisdiction given that Palestine, like the UK, is a signatory to the Rome Statute.”

Layla Moran, the Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and the first MP of Palestinian descent, commented on the motion by saying that “after the events of the last few years, the two-state solution, promised to the likes of my family, seems more elusive than ever.”

She added, “That’s why the UK Government urgently needs to adopt a radical new approach to the conflict – as set out in this motion.”

“This is a distinctly Liberal approach which upholds human rights and the rule of law, while using trade and cooperation as the tools for peace which we know they are.”

“That’s why we want to see more trade with Palestine, more trade with Israel, and the introduction of legislation that will see the UK take steps to uphold international law by ceasing trade with the illegal Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory, unless and until a negotiated settlement is reached.”

Moran said that the British Prime Minister “was shamefully absent from the world stage” during the latest Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip last May, adding that “If he truly cares about ‘Global Britain’, he should finally show some awareness of the historic obligations which Britain owes to the region.”

“That starts by recognising the state of Palestine – and adopting the radical new approach as set out in this motion,” she said.

(Source / 21.09.2021)