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Israel: Palestinians

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL1066, tabled on 14 June 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by Defense for Children International–Palestine on 11 June that Israeli (1) forces, and (2) settlers, have killed at least 168 Palestinian children in the Occupied Palestinian Territories since 2013.

Answered on

28 June 2021

The UK Government strongly condemns all forms of violence and incitement to violence, including the use of racist, hateful or anti-Palestinian language and any actions that could stir up hatred and prejudice. We are concerned by the number of Palestinians, including children, killed in the West Bank and Gaza. In instances where there have been accusations of excessive use of force, we urge the Government of Israel to conduct swift and transparent investigations. We welcome the efforts of Israeli authorities to address settler violence, and urge them to thoroughly investigate every instance to bring those responsible to justice and end the culture of impunity. We continue to stress the importance of the Israeli security forces providing appropriate protection to the Palestinian civilian population.