MP debates Palestinian Territories and Israeli settlements


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During a debate in the House of Commons this week, Naz Shah MP called on the British Government to do more to push for peace between Israel and Palestine.

In the debate she also called on the British government to act on the resolution signed in December at the UN and to move from condemnation to accountability.’

Members of the Commons today voted on a motion to call on the UK government to reaffirm its commitment to a peaceful negotiated solution between Israel and Palestine.

It commends the UN resolution 2334, which confirms that the UK believes that settlements and further expansion across the green line are a flagrant violation of international law.

The motion also calls on the Israeli government to halt the planning and construction of residential settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, which is both contrary to international law and undermines the prospects and viability of the state of Palestine.

However, the Israeli Parliament passed a law on Monday evening, called the ‘Regulation Bill’ that would allow some 4,000 homes already constructed in Palestine, on private land, to be legalised. This goes against all values and basic principles of democracy and Israeli law.

Naz Shah Said: "Like the Palestinians have done since 1993, I also recognize and accept a two-state solution, and for Israel’s existence.”

“We as a country have been very clear that settlements are an obstacle to peace, they have no legality and, are against international law.”

“The new ‘regulation’ bill flies in the face of the UN resolution we have just committed to.”

“For the Israeli government to attempt legislate in a land that is not under the rule of their Parliament, where the people of that land have no representation, is a travesty.”

“This year marks 50 years of occupation. It high time we move beyond condemnation to accountability.”

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