Thank you to those who recently contacted me about the treatment of Palestinian children detained in Israeli prisons.
I believe the Israeli authorities must implement the recommendations of the 2013 Children in Military Custody report as soon as possible. In the time since the report's publication there have been some welcome developments. However, many concerns remain over issues such as night arrests, abuse and access to lawyers prior to questioning, and further progress is needed. In my view, the UK Government must therefore do more to encourage the Israeli authorities to implement the recommendations.
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.
I have signed Early Day Motion 563 however I was not able to attend the Westminster Hall debate on Wednesday 7th February as this was held at the same time as a Foreign Affairs Select Committee meeting which I had to attend.
I will continue to press the Government on the actions it is taking on these issues and follow any developments closely and with interest.