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Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 210023, tabled on 10 October 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Israeli government on allegations of torture of five Palestinian boys from Hares who have been in Israeli custody since March 2013.

Answered on

15 October 2014

Officials in the British Consulate General in Jerusalem and the British Embassy in Tel Aviv have been following the case closely and officials have raised our concerns with the Israeli authorities, including the Israeli Defence Force and Ministry of Justice. We are concerned by any allegations of torture or mistreatment. We have not, however, been able to confirm allegations of torture in this case.

Our Embassy is currently working with the Israeli Ministry of Justice to be allowed to attend one of the trials of the teenagers.

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