FRIDAY 22 NOVEMBER 2013
1. Richard Burden: What assessment has Foreign Secretary made of the effect of the closure of tunnels between Egypt and Gaza on electricity, water and sanitation, fuel and food supplies in Gaza, what representations is he making to his Egyptian and Israeli counterparts on the matter?
2. Richard Burden: What representations has FCO made to Israel in respect of the proposed Mount Scopus Slopes National Park?
Nos 1&2 Commons Written Answers
THURSDAY 21 NOVEMBER 2013
1. First Joint Report from the Committees on Arms Export Controls, session 2013-14:
– Sir John Stanley: Among the FCO’s 27 countries of top human rights concern Israel is the second largest recipient of approval for cryptographic exports at nearly £8 billion. “It seems highly likely that some of that massive cryptographic export to Israel will be used, sooner or later, to the advantage of the Israeli security services in operations against Palestinians”. He mentions that previous government revoked a handful of licences after last major attack on Gaza.
– Michael Fallon: The £7.7 billion licence permits export of equipment and software for building public mobile phone networks in residential aeas and for small businesses. “A licence would not have been issued where there was a clear risk that the proposed exports might be used for internal repression or to provoke or prolong internal conflict, or where they could be used aggressively against another state.” http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmhansrd/cm131121/halltext/131121h0001.htm#13112174000001
2. David Lidington: Israel and OPTs are among FCO’s current “Countries of Concern” which have featured in its Annual Reports for longer than 10 years.
Commons Written Answers
3. Baroness Tonge: What representations will HMG make to Israel regarding its adherence to UN resolutions?
4. Baroness Tonge: What steps will HMG take to protect Palestinian-owned businesses in the West Bank from attack?
Nos 3-4 Lords Written Answers
WEDNESDAY 20 NOVEMBER 2013
– Matthew Offord: Declares interest, having recently returned from Israel and the PA with a CFI delegation; asks when Prime Minister will visit Israel to discuss Iranian nuclear issue and “other regional concerns”.
– David Cameron: Says he will never forget his visit as Leader of the Opposition; “I look forward to visiting, I hope, next year”.
– Sir Bob Russell: “What about the Palestinians?”
– David Cameron: “Of course. When I went to Israel, I visited not only occupied east Jerusalem but other places in Palestine as well, as is proper.”
TUESDAY 19 NOVEMBER 2013
1. “Islam – Question for short debate”:
– Lord Pearson: Referring to Tony Blair as someone who, having “dismantled” our borders nevertheless came to perceive the “problem within Islam“, he says: “We must be grateful that his subsequent experience as our Middle East envoy has taught him something about the reality of modern Islam and that he had the courage to say what he did”, adding later: “I understand the defence that Islamist terror against the West is a reaction to Palestine, Srebrenica, Iraq and Libya.”
Lords Grand Committee
2. Baroness Tonge: What representations have HMG made to Israel concerning the case of Osman Balasma?
3. Baroness Tonge: What assessment have HMG made of the right to equal access to Jerusalem enjoyed by those of Muslim, Christian and Jewish faith?
4. Baroness Tonge: What representations have HMG made to Israel concerning the death of Ahmad Tazaz’a on 31 October in Qabatya village near Jenin?
5. Baroness Tonge: What responses have HMG received from Israel concerning their representations on the deaths and injuries of Palestinian civilians?
6. Baroness Tonge: What assessment have HMG made of economic losses to Palestinian farmers in last 12 months, and in last 10 years, resulting from the destruction of olive trees?