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Israel: Palestinians

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL6129, tabled on 3 March 2023

To ask His Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the statement by Israel's Minister of Finance, Mr Bezalel Smotrich, on 1 March, that the Palestinian village of Hawara "should be wiped out”.

Answered on

16 March 2023

As I set out in my tweet on 26 February, the scenes of abhorrent violence in Huwara were shocking. The UK also stresses the importance of the Israeli security forces providing appropriate protection to the Palestinian civilian population. Rhetoric about "wiping out" places is harmful and irresponsible. The British Embassy in Tel Aviv has raised these comments with the Government of Israel at senior levels. We condemn Finance Minister Smotrich's incitement to violence. Such rhetoric serves no purpose other than to stoke tensions further.