Humanitarian situation in Gaza

Thank you to those who have recently contcated me about the humanitarian situation in Gaza.


I am deeply concerned at the situation in Gaza and the terrible suffering that many Palestinian people are experiencing. I know that organisations such as Medical Aid for Palestinians continue to highlight issues arising from the ongoing blockade of Gaza, including access to healthcare and the need for humanitarian aid.


It is clear that the blockade of Gaza by Egypt and Israel undermines basic human rights and economic prospects, as well as the availability of essential services. I agree that these restrictions should be lifted and I hope the Government will urge Hamas to stop firing rockets and making terrorist attacks in Israel and for the Egyptian and Israeli authorities to ease the restrictions.


Thanks to the UNRWA, 500,000 Palestinian children receive schooling every day and millions more receive healthcare. Following President Trump's decision to cut US funding to the UNRWA, we need a long-term and international solution to the shortfall in funding. The Government must lead those efforts and I believe it should consider initiating a special funding conference.


This issue reminds us how vital efforts towards securing a lasting peace agreement are for the interests of the next generation of young people growing up in Israel and Palestine today. Unfortunately, at present, that generation knows nothing but division and violence. I continue to advocate for a two-state solution that recognises the importance of security and stability, and a peaceful future for both Palestinians and Israelis.

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