Parliament update 26 October 2015

THURSDAY  29  OCTOBER  2015   Syrian Refugees: – Baroness Morris of Bolton:  I declare my interests as the Prime Minister’s trade envoy to Jordan and the Palestinian territories and as president of Medical Aid for Palestinians. In our previous debate on the Syrian refugee crisis, I spoke of the desperate plight of the Palestinians of Yarmouk…

Parliament update: 19-23 October 2015

FRIDAY  23  OCTOBER  2015 Jim Cunningham: What recent representations has Foreign Secretary received from his Israeli counterpart on the recent violence in that region; and will he make a statement? http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2015-10-20/12622 Commons Written Answers END THURSDAY  22  OCTOBER  2015 Nicholas Soames: What support is Foreign Secretary giving to EU proposals to provide sea access to Gaza?…

Parliament update: 12 October 2015

THURSDAY  15  OCTOBER  2015 Business Questions: – John Howell: There has been a dramatic escalation in violence across Israel and the West Bank over recent weeks, so may we please have a debate on this serious issue? – Chris Grayling: I think we are all concerned about what is happening in Israel and the West…

BBC presenters given mugs with the message: Palestinians are under occupation

The BBC’s head of news and current affairs, and some of the organisation’s most senior presenters, have received innovative reminders this week that the Palestinians are an occupied people whose land is still being stolen from them. Palestine Solidarity Campaign has sent its mugs, printed with maps showing just how much of their land Palestinians…

BBC’s Newsnight says Jerusalem is ‘Israel’s capital’

Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel. All journalists and news organisations should know this basic fact. The BBC, apparently, doesn’t. On 14th October, the BBC’s nightly current affairs programme ‘Newsnight’ wrongly referred to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Reporting from East Jerusalem, the BBC’s Diplomatic Editor, Mark Urban, said: “This evening, there were…

It’s time to end the occupation

Statement from Hugh Lanning, PSC Chair Over the last seven days, at least 900 Palestinians have been injured; attacks over the last week have left 11 Palestinians and Israelis dead. Protests are widespread, from occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank to Gaza – where at the time of writing a further six Palestinians have…

Press release: Conservative plans to block ethical investments and procurement

  Dangerous Conservative plans put local democracy and political freedoms at risk Conservatives plan to ban local government from making independent, ethical decisions about procurement and investments For immediate release The UK Conservative Party has announced plans to ban local councils from using ethical procurement policies and divesting from companies complicit with Israel’s occupation and…