To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel concerning the students from Birzeit university who are currently in prison; and what assessment they have made of the government of Israel’s treatment of Palestinian students.
2 February 2016
We have not had any discussions with the Israeli authorities on this specific issue. We consistently urge Israel to ease movement and access restrictions across the Occupied Palestinian Territories, not least because of the impact the restrictions have on children and their education. Officials from our Embassy in Tel Aviv also regularly raise our concerns with the Israeli government officials about the imprisonment of Palestinians outside the West Bank, in direct contravention of Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.